Make Your Editor Cry: Cold slaw vs. Coleslaw
This is a simple eggcorn. The etymology of “coleslaw” is from the late 18th century and comes from the Dutch word “koolsla” which is a combination of kool meaning cabbage and sla which is the shortened form of salade.
The correct word is “coleslaw.”
Gregg Bridgeman is the Editor-in-Chief at Olivia Kimbrell Press. He is husband to best-selling Christian author Hallee Bridgeman and parent to three. He continues to proudly serve in the US Armed Forces and has done so in either an active or reserve capacity for more than twenty years as an airborne and air assault qualified paratrooper, earning a Bronze Star for his service. Most importantly, he was ordained in October of 2001 after surrendering his life to Christ decades earlier.