National Donut Day!!!!
#21
Oh here, more about donut/doughnut:

http://grammarist.com/spelling/doughnut-donut/

Quote:Doughnut vs. donut

The dictionary-approved spelling for the ring-shaped cake made of dough and fried in fat is doughnut. The shortened donut has been around since the late 1800s, but it wasn’t popularized until the late 20th century, when the successful American doughnut chain Dunkin’ Donuts made it ubiquitous. Today, writers outside the U.S. still favor doughnut by a wide margin. Donut appears about a third of the time in published American writing.

Donut is a simpler spelling, so it may grow even more common now that it has a foothold. Those of us who don’t wish to assist Dunkin’ Donuts’s branding would be wise to resist the trend, though.
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#22
Quote:Those of us who don’t wish to assist Dunkin’ Donuts’s branding would be wise to resist the trend, though.

I waited 13 years for Dunkin Donuts to come to northern Colorado.  I'm all for the simpler spelling...  :)
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#23
Whereas it took me 13 years to accept the weird American spelling of the word . . .  :grin:
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#24
I do not consider donut to be the standard American usage, since it only accounts for around a third of the instances in contemporary American published writing (books, newspapers, etc.). Rather, it is part of an especially debased consumerist vernacular idiom, the shrill cry of the brash hawker, granted a sort of sanction by capital, which caters to the lowest common denominator for reasons of profit. As of 2011, Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., holds over $3.2 billion in assets, accumulated by doing what used to be done better and at a comparable price by local businesses. To this lamentable phenomenon we may also ascribe the vulgarisms of lo-salt, lo-cal, lite, nite (as commonly used in names of medications that will relieve symptoms and help you sleep), among countless others.

Doughnut is preferable, in part, because the spelling reinforces the fact that the word, as a derived compound, is transparently compositional in its morphology. Dough + nut. Doughnuts are made from dough and, originally lacking holes, resembled nuts. Donut, by changing the spelling, obscures this relationship. Perhaps there are some poor souls out there, who, from long, habitual exposure only to donut, do not even recognize the word as a compound. That is, they may be unaware the word is derived from other words, just as young child may be unaware that a pipe-cleaner, commonly used in arts and crafts, is actually used to clean pipes, instead simply accepting the sequence of syllables as the name for the object.

In any event, I attempted some weeks ago to find a bakery that still uses lard in frying doughnuts. This was common at one time and is still preferred by many. All the major and minor chains, it seems, have years ago switched to various forms of plant-derived fats, which is a change that I suspect is motivated by deference to those of Semitic persuasions. The only holdouts for hog lard are the Hispanic and Chinese bakeries, which, tragically, use hydrogenated lard (which contains transfats) that is also processed with stabilizers and other chemicals, such as BHT, which improves shelf stability at the expense of health. I have been unable to find any bakery, however small or local, that uses lard that I would actually want to consume.

The last time I made doughnuts was three years ago, after wet-rendering some leaf lard from a nearby hog farmer. Unless you are going to be frying a tremendous amount of them, I think it's a waste of fat, especially if you go through the difficulty of rendering all the fat yourself. At that rate, it is better use the lard in pastry crusts.
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(06-06-2016, 06:24 PM)Cyriacus Wrote: In any event, I attempted some weeks ago to find a bakery that still uses lard in frying doughnuts. This was common at one time and is still preferred by many. All the major and minor chains, it seems, have years ago switched to various forms of plant-derived fats, which is a change that I suspect is motivated by deference to those of Semitic persuasions. The only holdouts for hog lard are the Hispanic and Chinese bakeries, which, tragically, use hydrogenated lard (which contains transfats) that is also processed with stabilizers and other chemicals, such as BHT, which improves shelf stability at the expense of health. I have been unable to find any bakery, however small or local, that uses lard that I would actually want to consume.

The switch was probably because saturated fats were so vilified for so long. Even MacDonalds, which used beef tallow for it's fries (so feasibly "kosher") discontinued it years ago in favour of vegetable shortening.
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#26
(06-06-2016, 02:35 PM)PrairieMom Wrote:
Quote:Doughnut vs. donut
Today, writers outside the U.S. still favor doughnut by a wide margin.

But aren't they the same writers who continue to misspell center (centre), color (colour), theater (theatre)? I should take their word, why?  :grin: :grin: :grin:
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(06-06-2016, 09:09 PM)Sir Charles Napier Wrote:
(06-06-2016, 02:35 PM)PrairieMom Wrote:
Quote:Doughnut vs. donut
Today, writers outside the U.S. still favor doughnut by a wide margin.

But aren't they the same writers who continue to misspell center (centre), color (colour), theater (theatre)? I should take their word, why?  :grin: :grin: :grin:

Don't forget words like neighbourhood, favourites, honour, valour, and travelled. Plus, it's "zed" not "zee", and it's said "left-ten-net" even though we write "lieutenant".

But we draw the line at "tyres" and "gaol". 'Cause that's just weird. Although there's a Gaol Road just outside of Winnipeg (leading to the Headingly  Correctional Centre).
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(06-07-2016, 10:44 AM)PrairieMom Wrote:
(06-06-2016, 09:09 PM)Sir Charles Napier Wrote:
(06-06-2016, 02:35 PM)PrairieMom Wrote:
Quote:Doughnut vs. donut
Today, writers outside the U.S. still favor doughnut by a wide margin.

But aren't they the same writers who continue to misspell center (centre), color (colour), theater (theatre)? I should take their word, why?  :grin: :grin: :grin:

Don't forget words like neighbourhood, favourites, honour, valour, and travelled. Plus, it's "zed" not "zee", and it's said "left-ten-net" even though we write "lieutenant".

But we draw the line at "tyres" and "gaol". 'Cause that's just weird. Although there's a Gaol Road just outside of Winnipeg (leading to the Headingly  Correctional Centre).

I have never met a Canadian I didn't like, but y'all write funny. :P
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#29
All this talk of spellings makes me crave for doughnuts even more :eats:
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