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Friday, 18 February 2011

to snack or not to snack

Snack n.

1.A hurried or light meal.

2.Food eaten between meals.

intr.v., snacked, snack·ing, snacks.

To eat a hurried or light meal.

[Middle English snak, variant of snacche, trap, bite, from snacchen, to snap.

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I think we all snack at various times of the day and graze bits and pieces of food and drink from the house or office sometimes to the extent of not really wanting a proper meal afterwards. What I found interesting from the definition above is that the English word comes from the Dutch (snacchen) to snap. Years ago I knew some young men who were coal miners in the Derbyshire coal fields and they called their dinner/lunch that they took down the mine in a tin their 'snap'.

Do you like to snack? What about in the middle of the night?


6 comments:

The Quizzical Observer said...

I don't do snacking. Two meals a day for me - a sandwich at lunchtime, full meal in the evening. Yes, I know, that's not ideal and I should have breakfast, but that's the way my appetite works. I really enjoy food and will put quite a bit of effort into those two meals but just don't feel the need to browse inbetween.

Except, of course, when in the pub, when salted peanuts do go down very well...

Gailsman said...

I hope you put some clothes on before you ate. It's enough to put anyone off their food!

Jean said...

My father had a snap bag that he took to work everyday containing the snap my mother prepared for him. It was a khaki coloured canvas bag with a shoulder strap, big enough to contain a few sandwiches and a flask.
She would make up his snap every night just before bedtime, wrap it in the paper the sliced bread came in, and put it in the fridge.
He still talks about having a bit of snap around lunchtime. "Time for me snap."

Phil Lowe said...

Aaah yes, those naughty salted peanuts in the pub. But that's traditional isn't it? Perfectly ok then.

Phil Lowe said...

Gailsman: Yes, and who put that camera in my fridge. Got caught out there didn't I? lol

Phil Lowe said...

Jean: I remember going to see my two Swadlingcote mates way back in the early 1980s and often stopped over at one of their houses. Up til then I had never heard of 'snap'.