One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A blue-mould skimmed-milk cheese from Dorset.
- ‘In the days when there were hundreds of small dairy farms in Dorset, supporting perhaps six cows at the most; every farmers' wife would make Blue Vinny cheese.’
- ‘Crumble in the Blue Vinny cheese and take off the heat so the cheese can melt slowly.’
- ‘Arrange the tomatoes on the pastry, leaving a border all around the edge, and crumble over the blue vinny.’
- ‘I have some blue vinny and Bavarian with chili and basil...’
- ‘It helps, of course, that Woodbridge Farm is the only place in the world producing Dorset blue vinny cheese.’
Mid 16th century: vinny from Old English fyniġ ‘mouldy, musty’.
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