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Relish or Piccalilli

Good morning to everyone.  Another day is here and another weekend is almost upon us.  Today it is quite gloomy outdoors.  We were supposed to have a bright and sunny day today but it seems as though we had it yesterday instead.  The weather is always so unpredictable!
I put off varnishing yesterday because they predicted rain and I didn't want to have it rain on my item...so I put that off for today...and viola...looks and feels like rain today instead!  Well, there is always tomorrow. 
As for today's blog.  For most people, this might not have been something to go home and research, but for me...well, I really let those little things interest me. 
The other day, my friend and I went to a neighborhood restaurant for a quick bite to eat.  The young lady came to our table to take our order.  My was pretty simple and basic.  All I wanted was an all American Hot Dog!  She wrote down my order and then asked what I would like on the dog.  I first looked on the table and saw that there was mustard and ketchup there.  I then preceded to inform her that I would like some raw onions and some piccalilli.  She stood there and her pen stopped writing and just had a blank stare come across her face.  I perceived that there might be a communication problem.  I quickly realized that perhaps she didn't know what piccalilli was and changed it to relish.  She nodded her head and then her pen began to write the order down.  Now most people might not ask the question...but little old nosy me...I just had to.  I asked her whether she had ever heard the word "Piccalilli" before and her answer was as I had expected.  "NO." 
I sat there a little befuddled and discussed it with my friend.  She of course being 81 knew what I was talking about, but the young lady didn't.  I started me thinking about the change of words and how words used today are different that words used before.  I of course had to find out the answer to this perplexing question.
Upon researching, I discovered that I was indeed correct in my terminology and the use of the word piccalilli.  It seems that Piccalilli was first used about the mid 1700's in Britain.  It is common there and was also common in the US. 
Why do people use the word relish and is it correct?  Well, yes and no.  You see, what I discovered was that Piccalilli is a form of a relish.  When I looked up the definition of a relish...it seems that a relish is made of fruits or vegetables chopped or shredded that is used over foods.  Some examples of a relish are sauerkraut, tartar sauce, cranberry sauce, salsa, dill and many more.  Who would have imagined that?  So technically, the term relish is correct in a broader senses, but not at all specific.  
That made me wonder if it a regional word.  I know that when we visited our children in South Carolina, that the true Carolinians don't eat hot dogs with the same toppings as we do here in Chicago.  In fact, hot dog toppings are regional.  Most hot dogs are topped with some type of RELISH..it just depends on which one.  Some have Sauerkraut, some have Cole Slaw, some have Chili (some with beans and some without), some have tomatoes, fried peppers and the list goes on. 
So, no, piccalilli is not a new word...but technically...it is the correct word.....I RELISH to say!

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