another Archaic Food Word!

gramaunger(e) – a large or superb meal.

obviously from french in some way (grand/big, manger/to eat). interestingly, Kuhn & Kurath’s Middle English Dictionary also note its figurative use to denote “an overambitious enterprise.” i wonder if that refers to the enterprise of preparing or consuming such a meal?


oh! oh! oh! but oh man, that gives me (faint, possibly false) insight into Ammon Shea‘s discovery of the amazing note in the OED definition: “not from the original FR, which has ‘do you think that you can eat up all the pagans by yourself?’

because that, certainly, would be an overambitious enterprise, no?

okay, faint and false. fine.


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