DailyDirt: Bacon A La Mode

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Bacon is an almost universally-loved food item — it’s salty and fatty and meaty all at the same time. So it’s not too surprising that people will try to add bacon to almost any dish. Everything is better with bacon… and here are some examples that test that assertion.

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Leigh Beadon (profile) says:

Would You Like Some Ham With That Pork?

Trivia: English is just about the only language with separate words for animals when they?re alive versus when they?re food (?pig? versus ?pork?, ?cattle? versus ?beef?, ?sheep? versus ?mutton?). Why?

I know! I know!

Because usually one (“sheep”) has Germanic roots, and the other (“mutton” / “moutton”) has Romantic roots – and it was a matter of class division. The peasants used the English words for the animals, and the upper classes used the Latin words for the prepared food.

Just one of the many reasons English is awesome and crazy for having not one but two major language roots.

Lawrence D'Oliveiro says:

Would You Like Some Ham With That Pork?

And why does English have the two sets of roots?

Because of the Norman conquest. The England-conquering nobility spoke Norman French, so they used the French names for the animals. But since they mainly saw the cooked food, while the (Germanic-speaking) peasants were the ones who dealt with the live animals, as you say, that?s how the names got divvied up among the living/food states.

Meat would have been comparatively expensive in those days, so it was quite likely a rare treat for those less well-off, while only the nobility could afford to have it every day.

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