Once upon a time, Granny and I were playing a game of Scrabble. We’re by far the two most intelligent people in our family, as we both read The Straight Dope religiously.
Anyway, Granny played the letters “luke” on my “warm” to form “lukewarm”. I’m sure most of you know the meaning of this word (if not, it means tepid, or room temperature), but what we’re after is the word’s origin.
I think it’s a newer word, but Granny says she used to hear it all the time when she was a girl and swears it has some sort of religious meaning.
So, I ask you, what’s the Straight Dope on the word “lukewarm”?