Can I take refuge in the thought that the mash-up of French and American pastry idioms gives this donut some postmodern cred?
But how much do you really have to move in order to burn off the calories in that donut, steak burrito—or even a single apple?
So I went home—we only lived about a quarter mile away—and I got on my bicycle and rode back, and he was in the donut shop.
see doughnut. It turns up as an alternate spelling in U.S. as early as 1870 ("Josh Billings"), common from c.1920 in names of bakeries. Halliwell ("Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words," 1847) has donnut "a pancake made of dough instead of batter," which Bartlett (1848) writes "is no doubt the same word" as the American one.