Place of origin
|Suet, dried fruit|
Spotted dick is a pudding popular in Britain, containing dried fruit (usually currants or raisins) commonly served with custard. Spotted refers to the dried fruit (which resemble spots) and dick may be a contraction or corruption of the word pudding (from the last syllable) or possibly a corruption of the word dough or dog, as "spotted dog" is another name for the same dish with the use of plums rather than currants. Another explanation offered for the word "dick" is that it is the German word for "thick."
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- What's the origin of "spotted dick"? – a 27 Aug 2002 Straight Dope article on the etymology of the name
- "spotted, adj.". OED Online. March 2012. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/187530?redirectedFrom=spotted%20dick (accessed March 17, 2012).
- http://www.worldcat.org/title/modern-housewife-or-menagere/oclc/252570657&referer=brief_results (accessed March 17, 2012).