From the literal sense of “to intersperse with alternate layers of lard (and/or other fats)”, existing since Middle English, from Middle French entrelarder, from entre-, “inter-” + larder, “to lard”.
- Bloat or embellish (something) by including (often minor and extraneous) details at regular intervals.
1849, George Frederick Ruxton, chapter III, in Life in the Far West (Plains and Rockies; 175), Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 33260992, page 71:
- [A] stalwart leather-clad "boy," just returned from trapping on the waters of Grand River, on the western side the mountains, who interlards his mountain jargon with Spanish words picked up in Taos and California.
- 1887, Theodor Eimer, Specialization in Science
- The German student appears only too often to think that he must present his subject in the most difficult phraseology, excessively interlarded with strange words, as if he purposely would permit a glance into the treasures of his science and his knowledge only to an extremely narrow circle.
- ^ The Concise Oxford English Dictionary [Eleventh Edition]