Troglodyte
I am confused! Why do we call it "teaspoon" ?

While putting sugar in my tea, this thing popped up in my mind that why it was called "tea-spoon" and why not something else. Was it only used to add surge to your cup of "tea"? 

BTW, I got this info you might want to know: "teaspoon is a unit of volume measure equal to 1/3 tablespoon. It is exactly equal to 5 mL. In the USA there are 16 teaspoons in 1/3 cup, and there are 6 teaspoons in 1 fluid ounce. "Teaspoon" may be abbreviated as t (note: lowercase letter t) or tsp."

Do you have any such measurement where you are from?


Wish you all have an pulchritudinous day!:D

May 29, 2019 8:20 AM
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Interesting topic, so I looked up the etymology (origin) of the term "teaspoon".
Here is the result of my extensive research:

teaspoon (origin) = tea + spoon

Now that we're better informed, let me add this (from Wikipedia):

1600s:  The word teaspoon was originally used as an unofficial but once widely used unit of Apothecaries' measure.

The apothecaries' system or apothecaries' weights and measures is a historical system of mass and volume units that were used by physicians and apothecaries for medical recipes, and also sometimes by scientists. 


As for this beautiful word "pulchritudinous", I have only one question. Where the ____ did you ever come across this word?  :)

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=pulchritudinous&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cpulchritudinous%3B%2Cc0#t1%3B%2Cpulchritudinous%3B%2Cc0


Heaping teaspoon image:

https://www.google.com/search?q=heaping+teaspoon+image&rlz=1C1VSNC_enCA647CA647&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=XUZTBXCl62KUhM%253A%252CagjaDi_qdM7qIM%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kRoKUyJZtgK-NxVLowMw4JHLJMkKA&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjs3beUrMHiAhUIeawKHdsMAFcQ9QEwAXoECAkQBg#imgrc=XUZTBXCl62KUhM:


May 29, 2019
Nice post, Trog. Note that a heaping teaspoon is equal to two level teaspoons. Of course, “heaping teaspoons” cannot be used to measure liquids….

May 29, 2019

Richard, thank you very much for your extensive research and interesting info:)

I was wandering in the vast world of internet and stumbled on this beautiful word--pulchritudinous:)

May 30, 2019
Thank you, GyulaSzabo for your comment. I didn't know about the "coffee spoon". Maybe it's common there where people are more into coffee than tea:D
May 29, 2019
Yeah, we have these too, they measure the same. Besides, 'coffee spoon' is common too, but I don't most people know their sizes, they just use them as it's written in recipes. Same with cups, mugs, and glasses. (though these are different from the US measurements, may even vary in metric countries)
May 29, 2019
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