What is the origin of catering word in English?
Posted: 07 May 2011 06:52 AM   [ Ignore ]
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When we talk about caterers, one thing that makes people worried is the hygiene factor being responsibly maintained or not. But now one need not to take tension about being catered unhygienic food because London caterer is famous for rendering high quality yet hygienic food and beverages.  Thus we can say that catering London is a delicious way of expressing one’s love and affection to their dear ones with healthy and nutritional food and drink. This is so because everyone prefers to stay fit than to get affected by diseases due to intake high-calorie content food with unhygienic street food. Thus it is better to inculcate healthy habit of eating scrumptious meals which adds different nutrients to your body and helps in improving immune power, retention power, metabolism rate etc.  Corporate Catering London

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Posted: 07 May 2011 09:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It comes from the Anglo-Norman (the dialect of French spoken in England following the Norman Conquest). The word achatour, meaning a buyer or purveyor of provisions, first appears in the mid-thirteenth century as a surname, as in Robertus le Achatour. The earliest citation in the Middle English Dictionary for the word being used as an ordinary noun is in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (c. 1387), where it says in the General Prologue, lines 567–69:

A gentil Maunciple was ther of a temple,
of which achatours [vrr: acatours, a catour] myghte take exemple
For to be wise in byynge of vitaille.

(A manciple was a purchaser of provisions for a monastery, an inn of court (i.e., temple), or other organization.)

The verb doesn’t appear until the seventeenth century. The earliest citation in the Oxford English Dictionary, which can probably be antedated as the entry appears to date to the nineteenth century, is in Shakespeare’s As You Like It (II.iii):

He that doth the Rauens feede, Yea prouidently caters for the Sparrow.

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