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Re: CHAT gasteropodophagy (was: Att. Ray -- of snails and slugs)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Sunday, June 10, 2001, 19:34
At 12:35 am -0400 10/6/01, John Cowan wrote:
>Raymond Brown scripsit: > >> So cochliophagy in the US doesn't seem just confined to where I encountered >> it in Maine. > >Oh, it isn't. I was simply surprised to hear of the word "snails" on the >menu, >as I would be surprised to see "squid" (rather than "calamari"), "pig" >(rather than "pork"), etc.
Ah, I see - sorry, misunderstood you. But, yes, good plain English 'Snails' is certainly what it said on the menu. Here 'squid' is quite likely to be 'squid'. But I guess pig-flesh is 'pork' everywhere in anglophonia, even tho some restaurants will write it à la française _porc_. ----------------------------------------------------------------- At 12:54 am -0400 10/6/01, John Cowan wrote:
>Roger Mills scripsit: > >> Offhand, I should think slugs, properly purged and prepared, could be just >> as palatable, albeit much more of a mouthful. > >Very true, although eating them raw would be very dangerous: gastropods >(American spelling) carry various nasty viruses.
Dictionaries here give both _gasteropod_ and _gastropod_. Ancient Greek doesn't help either since _gaste:r_ (belly), has accusative _gastera_ and genitive _gastros_; and compounds are found with gastero- and gastro- so I guess it's just a matter of preference.
>> (JOOC, are they Kosher?) > >How could they be?
About as kosher as pork-sausages ;)
>They are creeping things.
Indeed - cf. Leviticus 11:41, 42. "Any small beast that crawls on the ground is detestable; you must not eat it. Anything that moves on its belly, anything on four legs or more - in short all small beasts that crawl on the ground - you must not these because they are detestable." Snails & slugs are certainly small beasts that creep on the ground (and up plants, walls etc) and as gast(e)ropod means "belly-foot" these creatures quite clearly move on their bellies - so altogether non-kosher. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================