I’m a nerd. In fact, I’m such a big nerd that I tend to look up word origins in my spare time because I’m fascinated by our language. The odder the origin, the better. I’ve got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications.
In any case, I thought I’d share some of this random crap with you in the form of the new acronym-ific series. I give you – Word Origins from Left Field – that’s right, the WOLF! Er… ignore the fact that the “from” doesn’t fit.
Ever wonder where that yummy old pile of crumbly, the Snickerdoodle, got its whimsical name? As with most word origins, there are a few different answers, so pick the one you like best. I’m going with the German one, because the mother country still has its hooks in my heart, and because it makes the most sense.
The Joy of Cooking attributes the cookie to Germany, suggesting that the name is a corruption of the German word schneckennudeln, a type of cinnamon dusted sweet roll.
Because of the holiday connections involved with the snickerdoodle, some think that the name originated from the Dutch language contraction of “Saint Nicholas.”
They taste good.