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*1884 *Harper's New Mth. Mag. 69.306/1 *MA, Martha was . . eating her toast and a dropped egg. 1896 (c1973) Farmer Orig. Cook Book 93, Dropped Eggs (Poached). 1933 Hanley Disks neMA, Dropped egg—take and put a pan of milk on the stove and boil and drop the egg in and let it cook. 1941 LANE Map 295 (Poached Eggs), throughout NEng, Dropped eggs. . .1 inf, ceVT, Drop eggs. 1948 Peattie Berkshires 323 wMA, In Berkshire . . you could not get a poached egg, but you could get a "dropped" egg, which was the same thing. 1965 PADS 43.24 seMA, 6 [infs] poached eggs, 4 [infs] dropped eggs, 1 [inf] dropped egg on toast. 1965-70 DARE (Qu. H35, *When eggs are taken out of the shell and cooked in boiling water, you call them ______ eggs) 40 Infs, *chiefly NEng, Dropped; *NH15, Dropped egg on toast. *[33 of 41 Infs old] 1975 Gould ME Lingo 82, Dropped egg—Maine for poached egg, usually on toast. 1977 Yankee Jan 73 Isleboro ME, The people on Isleboro eat dropped eggs instead of poached.
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