I bet you’ve always wondered where the term “lazy Susan” comes from. Well, today I am not here to clear that up. Turns out, Suzie Q. and her namesake spinning plate remain one of the great unsolved domestic mysteries.
These twirling trays made their debut in the 18th century as “dumbwaiters.” With household servants on the decline, the poor upper crust were forced to compensate, and the rotating platter was born. We can only assume that somewhere along the line, an exceptionally slothful dame named Susan popped onto the scene, inspiring some crafter to perfect the device in her languid honor.
The elusive Susan continues to simplify the lives of people everywhere. Seems to me this idea is one of the most ingenious and versatile. Here are some ways that perhaps even Susan, herself, couldn’t have envisioned affecting change:
The use of Miss S. in the fridge is my personal favorite. I suggest you pick one up and spin away to your heart’s content.Image Credits: Martha Stewart, QVC, CynthiaShaffer.typepad.com, Facebook, Martha Stewart