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"Ketchup" is Fish Sauce?!

September 30, 2014

According to Stanford University linguist Dan Jurafsky in his book, The Language of Food, just published by WW Norton, the words we use for everyday foods contain clues to the food’s origin and evolving use around the globe. Take ketchup for instance, a word dating back to 200 BC, apparently.  “...-tchup is a word for sauce in Chinese dialects, and the syllable ke means ‘preserved fish’ in Hokkien, the language of southern Fujian and Taiwan.” Whether you say "catsup" or "ketchup," you're speaking Chinese.

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