Re: Slovak-American Christmas Memories
- --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "amiak27" <rmat@p...> wrote:
> This is a good indication we should not shy away from changing
> traditions to fit times and tastes. 300 years ago everyone knewthe
> tomato was poisnous, so it likely was not a part of the Slovak diet!You mean Marko Poloko wasn't Slovak?
> they should associate it with an apple other than it's aThat happened a lot that people likened a new thing to the closest
> fruit and it's red.
thing they knew. _Corn_ used to describe grains, which are rather
unlike corn/maze (once it was cultivated), but when the Anglos began
to grow it on a large scale in America, they actually made the word
_corn_ mean "maze." You mostly have to say grains, cereals today to
make it clear that you don't mean corn/maze.
The word _mel-_ that gave today's "melon" in English used to describe
a variety of round fruits including, e.g., oranges, which still shows
in the word _marmalade_.
> Now I don't know if the forbidden fruit was anHa, ha, RU, it has to be the pomo d'oro down there in El Dorado.
> apple or a tomato.
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