The all mighty Wikipedia introduces us to the origin of the term “Cole Slaw”:
The term, “cole slaw”, arose in the 18th century as a partial translation from the Dutch term “koolsla”, a shortening of “koolsalade”, which means “cabbage salad”. It was commonly called cold slaw in England until the 1860s when “cole” (meaning cabbage) was revived. “Cole” originates from the Latin, colis, meaning “cabbage”, and is the origin of the Dutch word as well. In addition to calling it “coleslaw”.
Based on the text above, I have put together an ASCII graphic of the progression of the name:
colis -> koolsalade -> koosla -> cold slaw -> cole slaw -> coleslaw
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