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Fine words butter no parsnips

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What a mad idea. Imagine trying to scrape words off the page with a knife and spread them on your root vegetable. Www.phrases.org.uk tells us it dates from the 17th century when mashed parsnips were an English staple and so dull they needed ‘buttering up’. It was such a common cookery trick that the English were called butter-stinkers […]