Robin Garr wrote:Bill Spohn wrote: catsup
Why the alternative spelling? Are you channeling your pre-industrial persona?
World Wide Words: Why is ketchup also called catsup?
No, I hadn't given it any thought, that's just the usual way I normally spell it, although I don't know that it makes any difference as the two word forms are, as I understand it, interchangeable. I'm not even sure that the different spellings follow regional areas. Maybe it is just what one was brought up with? There is likely a guy one door over from me that has always spelled it the other way.
However you spell it, it sure isn't my favourite condiment - most of it has way too much sugar in it. I prefer piquant sauces, hence my fondness for various mustards and horseradishes, although piquant tomato based sauces are certainly in my range too.
Our fridge contains the aforesaid horseradish, several mustards, Worcestershire sauce, some Sriracha, some black bean sauce, a bit of hoisin (sparingly used), oyster sauce and a couple of soys. We had a large bottle of catsup and one of French's mustard because my wife did a birthday party and figured that guests might like them, and then she lagged on her promise to consume or ditch teh remnants, but she finally managed to finish all that.