Is Latin word "porrige", to stretch, connected in any way to "porridge", the cereal made by stretching oats/ grain by adding water?

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    When asking about etymology, you should always look up the origins of the word you’re asking about if you can find it. Good places to find etymologies are etymonline and Wiktionary. If you look up the word there and don’t find an answer, feel free to edit your question to add in what you did learn and what it is you’re still wondering about. Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 7:45
  • 'porrige' doesn't sound very Latiny. Where did you find that it is Latin?
    – Mitch
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 13:21
  • @Mitch: See William Whitaker's Words. porrige: V 3 1 PRES ACTIVE IMP 2 S porrigo, porrigere, porrexi, porrectus V stretch out, extend
    – Raven
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 19:58
  • @Raven Oh OK...then making that explicit should be part of the OP. (also it's not the infinitive as the OP claims but the imperative?)
    – Mitch
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 20:30
  • @Mitch : The OP did call it a Latin word; where she saw it was unstated; perhaps a hardcopy book though, in which case a link would not have been possible. We can easily look up words too. As to why that particular mood of the verb was chosen? I presume because that form, "porrige", most closely resembles the English word "porridge", and she wondered whether it was more than coincidence.
    – Raven
    Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 4:35

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Janus suggests etymonline, which says porridge derives "from Latin porrum 'leek.'"

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    Hello, Raven. The reason Janus put this in a 'comment' rather than an 'answer' is because the question should be closed as lacking reasonable research (see the Help Center). OP could readily find the information given in Etymon for themself. Giving an 'answer' sends out a wrong message to visitors, conveying a veneer of respectability, when the question doesn't conform to the reasonable expectations laid out in the Help Center.. The correct procedure is to close-vote (and many believe that supplying an 'answer', or perhaps better a pointer or two, in a 'comment' is justifiable). Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 11:07
  • @Edwin Ashworth : At the time, as a new user, I was not allowed to add a comment, just an answer.
    – Raven
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 15:08
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    We've all been there, Raven. Frustrating, but correct practice. Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 15:44

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