|Lazy Susans today|
Before 1917, the Lazy Susan was called a Dumbwaiter. Now there is another funny name for a useful device, rarely used now. Why was it called a Susan? Why not Mary or what about Betty? The old brown teapot is called a Brown Betty. Wow, there is no end to the funny names, is there? Back in the 18th century, servants were called Susans. To use this device meant that a maid wasn't doing her duty, therefore it was called a 'Lazy Susan'.
|Susan B. Anthony|
Another theory is one connected to the late 19th/early 20th century women's rights activist named Susan B. Anthony. Her opposers called her lazy and her writings were dubbed lazy Susans. Hmmm...I wonder if things ever got violent resulting in a black-eyed Susan?!
|One type of Lazy Susan|
So get out there cooking and entertaining! We are out of winter hybernation (those of us in the Northern Hemisphere). Brush the sleep out of our eyes and get moving!