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Credulous Etymologies 1: Pastie/Pasty  
11:31am 14/12/2010
Mister Nihil
 Pasty (sometimes "Pastie") from the French, "Pastille," a small candy or lozenge, particularly one made from a "Paste," (1350s MdEng <-MdFr <- LtLtn pasta dough <- Gk pastá porridge) and allowed to solidify into a disc or round.  These "pastry" (paste q.v. +ry)  wrapped, starchy pocket meals were originally relegated to use as post-hangover and illness cure-all, usually associated with the winter months and the aches and complaints associated with hunting.
It is easy to make the apocryphal leap from Paste to Pasty, either through the Pastry dough or the congealed Potato-based Paste filling, but in fact, it is their regard as a panacea, and the association with the idea of a Pastille, or Lozenge, from which the name is derived. In fact, from the word "Lozenge," (1300s MdEng <- MdFr L'+ausa flat stone + eng Grm -inga -ing) comes the Pasty's other name, the "Tiddy Oggin'." The "Tiddy" is, in fact, a corruption of the word "Tidy," as Lozenges of the 17th Century (when stems the concept of the Cornish Pasty) were famously crumbly and often held together in twists of waxed paper, which the pastry-wrapped Pasties were supposed to resemble by Cornish Miners in the darkness.
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02:49pm 14/12/2010 (UTC)
Mister Nihil: Eh! Steve!
Ha! Clearly, this is fake.
Tidy is from the Middle English, meaning seasonal, and thus "good." The Tiddy Oggin' was supposed to be served in Winter. Duh.
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05:13pm 14/12/2010 (UTC)
Mister Nihil
I wasn't as far off as I'd hoped, actually.

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