This week, the Oxford English Dictionary dropped a bombshell: the first reference to Pavlova appears in a New Zealand publication, not an Australian one.

How much do we know about the names of our favourite desserts? Why is a lamington called a lamington? And what are the international semantics of puddings, biscuits, and cookies?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley hits the pantry on this week’s Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

An article on the Pavlova issue:
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/dictionary-sides-with-nz-in-pavlova-debate-20101203-18j1t.html

The Wikipedia page on lamingtons:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamington