donuts vs. doughnuts

* doughnuts have dough. i.e. Dunkin’ Donuts (yes, ironic, it should be Dunkin’ Doughnuts)
* donuts are those light airy donuts that have no dough. i.e. Krispy Kreme. They are called “donut”, because they “Do nuthing”.

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Tom Saaristo
21 years ago

More etymology! Well…kinda.

The word “Doughnut” is American English first recorded in 1809. Doughboy for U.S. soldier was in use during the Mexican-American War in 1847, said to be from resemblance of buttons on old uniforms to biscuits of that name.

I think “Donut” is simply another form of “Doughnut”, probably created by someone “simple” after hearing the word.

Look for a “Doughnut” feature on my web site soon!

laura k.
laura k.
19 years ago

Krispy Kremes have dough. what else would they be made of?

laura k.
laura k.
19 years ago

if they were just made of air, you wouldn’t be able to see them or touch them. they would be gaseous, not a solid. you cannot defy the laws of science.

laura k.
laura k.
19 years ago

you are full of … air.

Tina Marie
Tina Marie
17 years ago

its doughnut.. its not DO nut… maybe doenut.. but that doesnt work either.. because doe’s dont have nuts… sooo its doughnut…

16 years ago

listen people! it is DONUT not doughnut. this is as clear as day. just because buttons and dough exist from the 1800’s doesn’t mean we must do the same sh!t. we are progressive people, living in our modern donut era… now the rest of you… GET OVER IT.

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