• The Wildy Creative Nomenclature of British Food

    With one considers British dishes given such creative names as bangers and mash, spotted dick, bubble and squeak, and toad-in-the-hole, one could hardly argue that the British lack imagination when it comes to naming their food. These names often employ onomatopoeia, which are words that sound like the noise they make. Bangers, for example, contain a lot of fat and moisture, and make a popping noise in the pan as they fry.

  • The linguistic history of British food is interesting.

    The linguistic history of British food is interesting. In fact, linguistic history of any food is interesting. Linguistic history sounds interesting in itself so does history. History is a very interesting topic to study. I enjoy learning about the origin of things we know about and have today. Learning the origins of something can help understand other things about an object.

  • Yes, it is.

    The fact that Bangers are called bangers because they were rationed and were thought to pop, because of the high water quality of the meat is a fun and fascinating fact. It would be interesting to learn what other kinds of things that we don't know about British linguistic history.

  • Yes, there are many unusual names for British food that have a fascinating history behind them.

    Some strange British foodstuffs make more sense when you understand their history. A dish of 'toad in the hole' sounds unappetizing until you realize the 'toads' are sausages sticking out from a batter pudding. Faggots, large meatballs made from various bits of meat and offal, are believed to derive from the Greek word for a collection of sticks. A spotted dick is a fruit pudding with 'dick' deriving from the German word for 'thick'.

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