Last week, a prominent member of the crossword community emailed me: "Isn't eggnog one word in your dictionary?"
He was referring to 8-Down in Thursday's puzzle, where EGG was clued as [___ nog (Christmas drink that 22-Across tried for the first time on Fallon's show; she winced and said "Maybe with rum it's better"]. That was the one where Israeli actress Gal Gadot tried certain American foods for the first time and gave fans her reactions to them on the Tonight Show.
But, I wrote my e-mailer back, "Fallon & co. spelled it EGG NOG on-screen during the segment so who am I to disagree?"
And indeed, most major producers of the stuff spell it with two words. Take this photo of many brands, where the score is 8-3 in favor of EGG NOG, two words, among the visible labels --
an intriguing case of dictionaries and real life disagreeing. Of course, we crossword writers will side with the two-word people, since NOG is so useful for our grids.
Had any good EGG NOG lately? Take a pic of the container and tweet it to #beastxword so we can settle this once and for all.
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