- Dried through overcooking.
“If I keep the food warm in the oven any longer, it’s going to be zamzawed.”
“Make sure to fill up before the party; she’s notorious for zamzawed dishes.”
“I forgot to set the oven timer, and my cupcakes came out all zamzawed.”
British dialect, late 18th century
Why this word?
The spelling appears a few different ways (“zamzod,” “zamzaw’d,” “samsawed,” “zamsod,” and a few other phonetic variations), but this bit of Devonshire slang describes food that has been dried out by overcooking it. It likely comes from the Germanic prefix “sam-” (meaning “half”) and “sod” (meaning “boiled”), but instead of meaning “half-boiled,” the usage turned into “overcooked.”
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