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Chris -- 2015-05-30
This one is a little hard to google because in recipes, “one part boiled [something]” is not uncommon. But parboiled does mean “partly boiled,” usually in preparation for finishing by another method or later, such as with some whole-grain rice that is available commercially and can then by prepared much more quickly.
I think this one may qualify as it is substituting a more familiar term; on the other hand it doesn’t really bring about any new imagery, per se.
Here are a few examples:
AccomoDATA – MarmiteIngredients: Marmite, Potatoes (part boiled), Margarine and Butter mixed in equal quantities. Step 1: Heat the fats in the oven until they are melted and …
www.accomodata.co.uk/marmite2.htm – 21k – Cached – Similar pages
[PS] Change in radionuclide content of crops as a result of food …File Format: Adobe PostScript
potatoes were roasted, they were part-boiled. for 4 minutes, since this is common domestic. practice. Therefore, the change in radionuclide …
www.iop.org/EJ/article/0952-4746/16/3/005/jr6304.ps.gz – Similar pages
Uncle Phaedrus, Finder of Lost RecipesMix in about one third part boiled rice. The seasoning begins with salt, freshly ground black pepper and chopped onion, but the real flavouring includes …
www.hungrybrowser.com/phaedrus/m013003.htm – 16k – Cached – Similar pages
Comfort Food – Recipes WikiThen – after frying for a few minutes – add the drained part-boiled Potato chunks … Stir in the part-boiled potatoes. Stir in the part-boiled potatoes …
recipes.wikia.com/wiki/Comfort_Food – 64k – Cached – Similar pages
Tapas – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaPatatas bravas: Fried potato dices (sometimes part-boiled and then fried, or simply boiled) served with salsa brava, a spicy tomato sauce. ...
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Last edited by JonW719 (2008-06-11 10:39:29)
Feeling quite combobulated.
Eggcorn dynamics have been at work somewhere in the history of the word “parboiled,” since it appears to derive from the Latin “perbullire,” to boil thoroughly (the prefix “per-” means “completely” or “thoroughly,” as it does in the Latinate sources of the words “pervade,” “perverse,” “persist,”). Parboil can still refer to a good cooking, but nowadays it more commonly denotes partial boiling, perhaps by attraction to the English lexeme “part.” Changing the word to “part-boiling” advances the evolution another step, losing the word’s eggcornical roots by obscuring the contribution of “per-” to the history of the word.
Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.
I always thought “parboiled” meant “boiled ahead of time.” And that because you were boiling ahead of time and adding it to something that was still being cooked, of course you didn’t boil it all the way, or it’d get soggy.
And I copyedit recipes—hoo-ee!