I share JD's fascination with biscuits, and have the waistline to prove it. But while I enjoy the odd packet of chocolate chip cookies, my favourite remains the noble Bourbon.
And yes, the OED confirms that in this context Bourbon takes a capital letter (it gives no reason for this; possibly the lexicographers were simply revealing their respect for a great biscuit).
American tourists must be confused by Bourbon biscuits, bourbon being a form of American whisky. But isn't it odd that while the biscuit gets a B the whisky makes do with a b, despite taking its name from (capitalised) Bourbon County in Kentucky.
And once they've recovered from the disappointment that Bourbon biscuits contain no whisky, our colonial cousins have to climb a steep learning curve as they work out that to a Brit a cookie is a type of biscuit while to an American a biscuit is a type of cake. Two nations divided by a common language? More a case of two nations divided by a common biscuit.
JD, now you know how, maybe you could find a pic of Bourbon biscuits to join the cookies?
The ambiguous Oxford comma
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