One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bread roll of Scottish origin made of oatmeal or flour, typically triangular in shape.
- ‘Fadge dough is prepared with mashed boiled potatoes and a little white flour and baked in rounds or farls on a pan or griddle.’
- ‘From tomorrow, customers will be offered a ‘hearty Irish breakfast’ comprising bacon, eggs, pudding, sausages, tomatoes and potato farls.’
- ‘She gave me her secret recipe on how to bake the perfect soda farl, so the next time I cut into one the knife won't bounce up and hit me in the face.’
- ‘They were not, as you might have assumed, worried about increasing the lifespan of the good people of the six counties, but that of the trusty soda farl - a staple of the Ulster fry for many a year.’
Late 17th century: from obsolete fardel ‘quarter’, contraction of fourth deal (i.e. deal in the earlier sense ‘portion, share’).
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