Where Did the Term “Piping Hot” Come From and What Does the Expression Mean?

Today, piping hot usually means comfortably warm food straight from your own oven to the table, but it took a few centuries to evolve into that meaning.

There was a time when everyone bought freshly baked bread every day from a neighborhood or village baker.

When the bread was ready, the baker would signal from his front door by blowing on a pipe or horn.

This caused people to hurry to get bread before it ran out and gave us the expression “piping hot” for yummy warm food.

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