A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 30, 2022
Floor D’oeuvre (floor + hors d’oeuvre)

"Floor d’oeuvre” (floor + hors d’oeuvre) is a bit of food dropped on the floor, often to be eaten by a dog or a toddler.

“#365newwords 106 floor d’oeuvres (noun) : food placed or found on the floor usu. by an infant or pet. webster.com open dictionary” was posted on Twitter by ellen fithian on April 17, 2010. ”floor d’oeuvres Food that hit the floor and is eaten anyway. Usually reserved for pets and small children” was posted on Urban Dictionary on April 15, 2014.

“Those aren’t crumbs, they’re floor d’oeuvres for my dog” was posted om Twitter by Trace of Bass on July 20, 2019. “What do you call a tray full of appetizers that have fallen on the carpet? Floor d’ouevres” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on May 20, 2022. “What do you call the scraps of food that fall from the table? Floor d’ouevres” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on May 30, 2022.

“Whore derve” is another jocular “hors d’oeuvre” term.


Wikipedia: Hors d’oeuvre
A hors d’oeuvre (/ɔːr ˈdɜːrv(rə)/ or DURV(-rə); French: hors-d’œuvre [ɔʁ dœvʁ]), appetizer or starter is a small dish served before a meal in European cuisine. Some hors d’oeuvres are served cold, others hot. Hors d’oeuvres may be served at the dinner table as a part of the meal, or they may be served before seating, such as at a reception or cocktail party. Formerly, hors d’oeuvres were also served between courses.

Twitter
ellen fithian
@chibimoto
#365newwords 106 floor d’oeuvres (noun) : food placed or found on the floor usu. by an infant or pet. webster.com open dictionary
4:42 PM · Apr 17, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Lori Tutt
@regnjazzz
@chibimoto we’ve got Honeycomb floor d’oeuvres in the living room now
5:32 PM · Apr 17, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Meghan Rygg
@marikoitto
Replying to @regnjazzz
@regnjazzz @chibimoto We just cleaned up our floor d’oeuvres. I imagine the toddler will rectify that momentarily.
5:43 PM · Apr 17, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Cameron Addicott
@CameronAddicott
#nastysnacks Floor D’oeuvres
7:41 AM · Aug 2, 2011·TweetDeck

PC Puzzle: The Wonderland Forum
New words for the dictionary..
Post by VirtLands » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:54 am
(...)
floor d’oeuvres (noun) = food placed or found on the floor usu. by an infant or pet

Twitter
V for Violet ✿
@violetxoxox
Replying to @wojsvenwoj
@wojsvenwoj floor d’ouevre!
2:58 PM · Dec 18, 2013·Echofon

Urban Dictionary
floor d’oeuvres
Food that hit the floor and is eaten anyway. Usually reserved for pets and small children.
(...)
by Altrag April 15, 2014

Google Books
NYPD Red 4
By James Patterson and ‎Marshall Karp
New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company
2016
Pg. ?:
“Harlow loves cocktail parties. She’ll wait until someone drops a bit of food, then she’ll gobble it right up. I call them floor d’oeuvres.”

Twitter
Jennska
@jennska
New dog word: Floor d’oeuvres
H/t coworker Leslie
Translate Tweet
10:00 PM · Jun 14, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—PoliticalHumor
Posted by u/VegaThePunisher December 20, 2017
Floor D’oeuvres
i.imgur.com/nOkgfu…

Urban Dictionary
Floor d’oeuvre
Dropped table food discovered by pets
Spot has grown rather fond of our current offerings of floor d’oeuvres.
by Dr Tortoise September 14, 2018

Twitter
Trace of Bass
@the_migglest
Those aren’t crumbs, they’re floor d’oeuvres for my dog.
7:25 PM · Jul 20, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Phil Kiner
@pbkiner
I call the “snacks” my daughter finds under the table “floor d’oeuvres”
8:02 PM · Jun 18, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
𝚗𝚘𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚛
@rellortnocon
My dog will find random specks on the floor and eat them so I call them her “floor d’oeuvres”
7:32 AM · Apr 22, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/mbolgiano May 20, 2022
What do you call a tray full of appetizers that have fallen on the carpet?
Floor d’ouevres.

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/JonGilbonie May 30, 2022
What do you call the scraps of food that fall from the table?
Floor d’ouevres

Posted by Barry Popik
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