August 13, 2004

Disgusting Condiments

Mark's discussion of the origins of disgust and of the things that adults find disgusting but small children do not reminds me of the fact that here in Carrier country the word for "mustard" is a compound meaning "children's feces", e.g. /ts'udʌnetsan/ in the Stuart Lake dialect, /s̪kehtsan/ in Stony Creek dialect. Presumably this is based on the colour and texture rather than the taste.

Posted by Bill Poser at August 13, 2004 04:46 AM