Saturday, January 02, 2016


One of the delights of Christmas grazing is fudge. While I was indulging in that substance the other day, neighbors Alexandra and Danielle Arens asked where the word came from.

Fudge is a soft candy made from chocolate chips, sugar, butter, and condensed milk. It became popular as a candy in the late 19th century. The name seems to have come from a 17th century verb, fadge, which meant to fit or merge together. The candy’s name, then, would refer to the fact that it is a blend.

Aside from that, the word fudge has some other interesting meanings. It can mean a vague and ambiguous statement designed to dodge a committed stance. It is the term used for a piece of last-minute news inserted in a newspaper. It is a synonym for nonsense, and a euphemism for the F word.

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