This week’s radio show, Kitchen Organizing Solutions has tips for every kitchen. Tracy talked about of the use of rotating trays, or Lazy Susans in the pantry.
You can see photos and read more about some DIY beauties from Emily, the Decor Chick in Tracy’s post, How Do You Organize Your Kitchen?
Back to my original question, “Why is ‘Lazy Susan’ used to describe a rotating tray?” In addition Chelle, why do you care?
The verdict is still out on the exact origin of the term, but here are a few explanations I found interesting. According to an article on Jewish World Review.com, (apparently the leading authority on Lazy Susan history) these may be a couple of possible answers.
A popular theory suggests that servants were often named Susan, so that “Susan” came to be almost a synonym for “servant,” and the “lazy Susan” was essentially functioning as a servant who never had to go anywhere (hence “lazy”). Another theory suggests that the name derives from a specific inept servant named Susan.
…or perhaps this theory…
It is more than likely that “lazy Susan” was styled on previous combinations in English that use “Susan” (“black-eyed Susan” being the most common). There are many such words in English that use names in a generic way: “peeping Tom,” “jim-dandy,” and “Jolly Roger” are just a few. It is also possible that the combination of the “z” sound in “lazy” and the initial “s” sound of “Susan” appealed to the manufacturer of the lazy Susan, and in a brilliant marketing move, “lazy Susan” was born.
What do you think? Maybe the bigger question is, “Do you CARE?” 🙂 Well, this may provide another tidbit of mindless trivia with which you can amaze your children or coworkers. Riveting. You can thank me later.