Thursday, October 29, 2009


Salver: A salver is a (usually silver) tray. How did this word, which shares its etymology with savior, save, salvation, and salvage, come to mean a simple silver tray? The history is that following tasting of the food for poison, a protective process caller salver in Spanish, the food was served on a silver tray. Eventually the tray took the name of the process and the word migrated to England in the 17th century.

The servants came in with a silver salver of drinks.

A Book for Today: The Piano Teacher by Janice Y K Lee

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