Carmen: This is delicious! But why is it called cold slaw?
Me: No dear its cole slaw. And I'm guessing cole is a word for cabbage. I'll check.
Carmen: Oh...I thought slaws were those big ugly animals that hung in trees all day.
Me: No, those are sloths.
Carmen: Oh! Now I get it!
Me: Um, okay.
(Update: I checked...
Etymology: Dutch koolsla, from kool cabbage + sla salad
: a salad made of raw sliced or chopped cabbage)