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Posted by gt on October 08, 2004 at 14:33:49:
In Reply to: Re: Spare ribs posted by Tempus on October 07, 2004 at 21:40:47:
More generally the term spare rib is from the Genesis connection, Eve created from Adam's spare rib.
As to why we refer to the ribs we eat as spare ribs I am unsure. Maybe they were originally leftover after cooking the rest of the animal and hence spare.