"...Mrs. Patmore comes over and looks at the dessert tray, questioning Alfred as to whether he plans to stand there until they come searching for the pudding (English slang for any dessert)."
Oh for heaven's sake! "Pudding" isn't "English slang" for dessert, it's what well-bred and educated British people call what you Americans call "dessert". For them dessert is the fruit course that comes at the end of a several-course dinner.
It will never cease to amaze me that Americans admire the British "upper classes" so much, yet don't get a thing right about their lifestyle.
184.108.40.206 10:48, February 7, 2020 (UTC)