On the other hand when I consider that a scullion is a person employed in a scullery to prepare vegetables, and that those vegetables are likely to include scallions...
...and then when I consider that these words have no shared history at all...
...well, quite honestly I come close to despairing of ever making sense of anything.
Words To Use Today: scullery/scullion/scallion. A scullery:
Canadian scullery. Photo by Andrea_44
is a room adjoining a kitchen where washing up is done and vegetables are prepared. A scullion:
illustration by Wenceslaus Hollar
is a servant employed to do rough kitchen work who might well be asked to prepare scallions, which are small onions. The word scullery comes from the Old French escuele, a bowl, from the Latin scutra, a tray; scullion comes from the Old French escouillon, cleaning cloth, from the Latin scōpa, broom; scallions are called after the port of Ascalon.