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Entry from May 22, 2017
“Et tu, croute?” (Caesar salad joke)

"Caesar salad” (a salad of romaine lettuce and croutons) has nothing to do with Julius Caesar (the Roman emperor who was assassinated by Brutus and other conspirators, and, in the Shakespeare play, said, “Et tu, Brute?”). However, there have been several puns, such as Et tu, croutons?” and Et tu, croûte?”

“Et tu, Crouton” was trademarked in 1994. “Et tu, croute?” was posted on Twitter on July 21, 2010.


Wikipedia: Julius Caesar
Gaius Julius Caesar (Classical Latin: [ˈɡaː.i.ʊs ˈjuː.li.ʊs ˈkae̯.sar]; 13 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC), known as Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician, general, and notable author of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.
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Plutarch also reports that Caesar said nothing, pulling his toga over his head when he saw Brutus among the conspirators. The version best known in the English-speaking world is the Latin phrase “Et tu, Brute?” ("And you, Brutus?”, commonly rendered as “You too, Brutus?"); this derives from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, where it actually forms the first half of a macaronic line: ”Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar.” It has no basis in historical fact and Shakespeare’s use of Latin here is not from any assertion that Caesar would have been using the language, rather than the Greek reported by Suetonius, but because the phrase was already popular when the play was written, it appears in Richard Edes’s Latin play Caesar Interfectus of 1582 and The True Tragedie of Richarde Duke of Yorke & etc. of 1595, Shakespeare’s source work for other plays.

Wikipedia: Caesar salad
A Caesar salad is a salad of romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and black pepper. It is traditionally prepared tableside.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary
croûte
noun \ˈkrüt\
:  a slice of toasted or fried bread cut in fancy shape and used as a foundation in serving food

Twitter
Sarah Lesniak‏
@srenade
Replying to @BillCorbett
@BillCorbett, *insert obvious ‘bet Julia could whip up a mean Caesar Salad’/’Et tu? Crouton? They’re homemade!’ jokes here*
12:17 AM - 4 Feb 2010

Twitter
Michelle L. Goldman‏
@Michelle_Lord
I saw the coolest shirt that said “Et tu, Crouton?” and had Caesar salad ingredients on it with a Roman building. Get it!? HA!
5:49 PM - 3 Jun 2010

Twitter
Brooke Preston‏
@bigu
Et tu, croute? Whenever I eat caesar salad for lunch, my desk smells all caesar-y for hours after the fact. I am awash in caeser scent. Ick.
4:22 PM - 21 Jul 2010

Twitter
∴ dataisplural‏
@dataisplural
“Et tu, Croute?” - Julius Caesar Salad
5:26 PM - 19 Oct 2012

Twitter
James Spencer‏
@basicbrewing
Et tu, Crouté? “@birbigs: My Caesar salad was just assassinated by its own croutons.
3:33 PM - 4 Jan 2013

Twitter
Dave Johnson‏
@dcj207
“@birbigs: My Caesar salad was just assassinated by its own croutons.” / Et tu, Crute?
4:06 PM - 4 Jan 2013

Twitter
William‏
@WaywardWaffles
I wonder how many idiots, while eating a Caesar salad, have exclaimed “Et tu, Croutons?” Probably just me.
11:10 PM - 12 May 2013

Twitter
Erin Bailey‏
@ErinBaileyIs
A caesar salad is just a deconstructed sandwich masquerading as a bowl of health. Et tu crout?
5:25 PM - 29 Apr 2014

Reddit—Jokes
What did the caesar salad say when the final touches were being added?
submitted May 23, 2017 by LthePerry02
Et tu, crout?

(Trademark)
Word Mark ET TU CROUTON
Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 030. US 046. G & S: croutons. FIRST USE: 19940117. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19940117
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 05.07.25 - Corn, kernel; Grass seed; Popcorn, unpopped
24.09.07 - Advertising, banners; Banners
Serial Number 74488911
Filing Date February 10, 1994
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition January 10, 1995
Registration Number 1887347
Registration Date April 4, 1995
Owner (REGISTRANT) LINSEY FOODS LTD. CORPORATION CANADA 495 Finchdene Square Scarborough, Ontario M1X 1B7 CANADA
Attorney of Record Jan Christensen
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “CROUTON” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date April 13, 2002

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