A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
1560s, from Middle French fricassée, fem. past participle of fricasser "mince and cook in sauce" (15c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to or compounded from Middle French frire "to fry" (see fry (v.)) and casser, quasser "break, cut up." As a verb, from 1650s.