25 November 2011


Smörgåsbord (pronounced shmawr-guhs-bawrd) meaning an extensive array or variety, often used in reference to food in which case it means a buffet meal of various hot and cold foods.

1893, from Swed. smörgåsbord "open sandwich table," lit. "butter-goose table," from smörgås, which is said to mean "bread and butter," but is compounded from smör "butter" (related to smear) and gås, lit. "goose" (and from the root of English goose), which is said to have a secondary meaning of "a clump (of butter)." The final element is bord "table" (cf. (n.1)). Figurative sense of "medley, miscellany" is recorded from 1948.

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