CHAT gasteropodophagy (was: Att. Ray -- of snails and slugs)
|From:||Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, June 9, 2001, 16:40|
At 4:32 pm -0400 8/6/01, John Cowan wrote:
>Raymond Brown wrote:
>> Yes, I agree. While snail-eating is encountered in many places, I've never
>> come across slug-eating (among humans!).
>Hedgehogs, birds, frogs, turtles, snakes, ducks, and various insect
>larvae have other opinions, of course.
...of course, as do carnivorous (and cannabilistic) varieties of slugs also.
>A quick google turns up "I'd rather eat slugs"
>as a common expression of revulsion, and *one* instance of someone
>claiming to eat slugs while on a survival mission!
I guess on a survival mission almost anything gets eaten if one is
desparate. Indeed, it's well known that human cannibilism can (and does
occasionally) occur when people are in_extremis.
>Then there is www.homecraft.com/SLUGS . Warning: pictures may
>be offensive to some stomachs.
Just had a peek :-)
I found a site yesterday devoted to 'helicoculture' (snail-rearing -
Wouldn't _cocleiculture_ be a better formed word?) and I noticed several US
snail rearers who reared the little critters so that they could be eaten.
So cochliophagy in the US doesn't seem just confined to where I encountered
it in Maine.
A mind which thinks at its own expense
will always interfere with language.
[J.G. Hamann 1760]