Spotted dick and custard
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Main ingredient(s)||Suet, dried fruit|
Spotted dick is a steamed suet 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."
Hospital managers at Gloucestershire NHS Trust (in 2001) and the catering staff at Flintshire County Council (in 2009) renamed the pudding Spotted Richard on menus because of the use of the word dick in the original name, a common dysphemism for male genitalia in the English language. Gloucestershire NHS Trust restored the original name in 2002. Flintshire County Council reversed their renaming after a few weeks.
See also 
- 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).
- Spotted Dick back on menu 10 Sept 2002 BBC
- Pudding renamed Spotted Richard BBC News 8 September 2009
- Spotted Dick back on council menu BBC News 23 September 2009