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Euphemistic Food Names

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Euphemistic Food Names

Bkeats | Oct 7, 2013 01:59 PM

I was talking with a friend about various foods where the name doesn’t give you a clue as to what they are. In fact, if the true name was used, many people would probably never eat it. So we came up with a list of some of the things that we liked to eat but might not want to if a more descriptive title were used. I know some names started from another language, but why do some foods keep a foreign name and others don’t? The list starts benign but gets exotic quickly

Calamari – why don’t people just say squid? Octopus is never afraid to say what it is on a menu
Sweetbread – sounds like a dessert but its neither sweet nor bread
Uni – would you really want to order something called sea urchin gonads?
Rocky mountain oyster – see uni

What other names hide the origin of the food that you like to eat?

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