One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A porridge made from oatmeal, sometimes flavoured with vegetables. Also figurative: a mess, a jumble; a collection of small pieces.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Dunton (1659–1732), bookseller. From Irish praiseach cabbage, pottage (Early Irish praissech) from classical Latin brassica cabbage.
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