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
) 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
, 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 -
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.