Thursday, December 15, 2016
15,842 New Words: Next you'll tell me there's no NOG in Egg Nog!
Turns out it's something kind of gross-sounding: Wikipedia says it's a combination of milk, carbonated water, and chocolate syrup. Like a very thin milkshake, possibly, it sounds like watered-down bubbly chocolate milk.
Although nobody's sure where the name "Egg Cream" comes from, the most likely theories (to me at least) are that it's a remnant of the days when milkshakes were made with eggs. Apparently in the 1880s milkshakes were chocolate syrup, cream, and raw eggs. They were "shakes" because the ingredients were mixed in a cocktail shaker.
If you're wondering, March 15 is Egg Cream Day.