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Posted by R. Berg on April 09, 2004

In Reply to: Toaster posted by nkerr on April 09, 2004

: I have heard that a metal item was set in the fireplace back in colonial times and a piece of bread placed in it and "stirred with the toe" or turned and thus toaster - true?

Not true. "Toaster" comes from "toast," and you can check any dictionary and find that "toast" comes from an Old French word, "toster," to toast, with roots in ancient languages beyond that.