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I would like to nominate two:

"Wow Cow" frozen low-carb dessert, due to the existence of "Cow Wow" - which you can read more about at www.cowwow.net ...

And "Datu Puti" vinegars and fish sauce. (Alas, it's named after a legendary hero of the Philippines.)

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  1. Spotted-dick.

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    1. re: SaltyRaisins

      Sounds more like a disease.

      1. re: SaltyRaisins

        This was the first thing that popped into my head as well. Well played.

      2. Pupu Platter

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        1. re: tobycat

          In the comic strip "Get Fuzzy", when Bucky Katt suggests they order one, Satchel Pooch replies, "I don't DO that any more!".

          1. re: jmckee

            HA HA HA! I love "Get Fuzzy"--poor Satch! But in real life, I have heard people order a "poopy" platter. I say they should get what they asked for. ;)

            1. re: jmckee

              Oh funny! I love Satchel! And Bucky's snaggletooth.

          2. Smelt.

            1. Blood sausage.

              1. There's a delightful Sichuan Chinese dish called "Ants Climbing The Tree." It's mung bean threads in a light sauce with bits of minced garlic and minced pork, and leeks. Delicious. But unfortunately named.

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                1. re: shaogo

                  The name seems ok to me. I like the Chinese way of naming dishes like this, often evoking things in nature.

                2. Faggots

                  1. Squash!

                    1. Leek

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                      1. re: Gio

                        Yes...I've always felt akward when passing a bowl of leeks, and say to the person receiving it, "Here, take a leek"

                      2. tongue

                        1. grits is a kinda odd word for food.

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                          1. re: smartie

                            I was introduced to the show Alice & grits at the same time. Mass confusion

                          2. Conch

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                            1. re: Gio

                              Especially for some (but not all) Latin-American Spanish speakers...

                            2. Pork pump.

                              1. String hoppers. Makes me think of jumping rope.

                                1. Paul, Josh, Maryanne

                                  1. Cake balls.

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                                    1. re: modthyrth

                                      On the same track, fish balls. Though bourbon balls don't bother me in the least! ;)

                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                        Bourbon seems manly. I can imagine it having balls. But cake seems feminine, so cake balls...just wrong. Doesn't stop me from eating them, mind you. ;-)

                                        1. re: modthyrth

                                          LOL, you've got that right. Bourbon DOES have balls. ;)

                                        2. re: kattyeyes

                                          Yes, Garfish Balls never held me long enough to convince me to eat them. Having caught many a garfish, and sold them to folk in the "slums," I just never warmed to them.

                                          Hunt

                                      2. calves foot jelly and it looks disgusting too

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                                        1. re: smartie

                                          Oh alright, I'll add another one: chicken fingers

                                          1. re: Cinnamon

                                            in England fish sticks are known as fish fingers

                                          2. re: smartie

                                            From "The Man Who Came To Dinner":

                                            Woman (after dropping jar): My calves foot jelly!
                                            Sheridan Whiteside: "Made from your own foot I have no doubt."

                                          3. head cheese

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                                            1. re: catrn

                                              In the same department - souse

                                            2. Cockles

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                                              1. re: newJJD

                                                and I guess mussels (muscles)

                                              2. Rack (of ribs).

                                                I was walking by a table of guys at a BBQ joint one night as their dinners were coming out. As the rack of ribs was placed before one of them, someone at the table said, "Nice rack!" just as I passed by. Whatever possessed me at that moment, I said, "Thank you!" then blushed and walked back to my boyfriend at the table. He said to me, "Nice going. They work at _____ (the place we both worked at the time)."

                                                Edit: THREE MORE!
                                                - ugli (ugly) fruit
                                                - ugly tomatoes (they may not be pretty, but they certainly taste wonderful!)
                                                http://www.seedfest.co.uk/resources/u...
                                                - kumquats!

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                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                  Also, isn't BEEF kind of an odd word? Plus it has alternate meanings that make it less appealing (see Urban Dictionary definitions 8 & 10).

                                                  My girlfriend's little boy (who is almost 2) thinks this word is hysterical. He says it over and over and cracks himself up. See, even a child recognizes this word is kinda strange.

                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                    Shrimp balls - doesn't sound very filling.

                                                    1. re: Rmis32

                                                      Rmis32, those shrimp balls are on the "very, very small plates" menu. {{;^D.

                                                      1. re: Rmis32

                                                        Now, that depends on the count of the shrimp. Let's say that they are true "jumbo," where there are only three per dozen, and you might change your mind.

                                                        Hunt

                                                      2. re: kattyeyes

                                                        I find "gristle" an odd word.

                                                        Also "meat" as in "Pass the meat", it sounds so much nicer to say "Pass the pork roast" or "Ham" or whatever.

                                                        1. re: middydd

                                                          Well, I suppose that one could say, "please pass the chosen protein," or similar.

                                                          Hunt

                                                      3. re: kattyeyes

                                                        "NICE RACK" and you said "THANK YOU"?

                                                        ROTFLMAO!

                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                          After seeing it show up in the crossword puzzle every few weeks, I finally bought my first ugli fruit today at the Chelsea Market. I sure hope it tastes better than it looks!

                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                            Why blush? I think it was the perfect response!

                                                            1. re: kimmer1850

                                                              And you don't even know me! ;)

                                                            2. re: kattyeyes

                                                              kattyeyes, i had to think of you when i was reading this entry on a southern food blog. you'll appreciate it, i know. LOL! http://dixiedining.wordpress.com/2009...

                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                Isn’t it strange seeing pigs serving pork? Not to mention seeming so thrilled about it!

                                                                Nice blog, though. hubba hubba ;-)

                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                  Awww, that's great! I want one of those t-shirts! And made nicer by having both my sister and brother of chow show up to talk about it. :)

                                                              2. nutritional yeast
                                                                fish sauce

                                                                1. Try as I might, I cannot get past the texture of natto. I don't believe the name makes it any easier!

                                                                  1. Spotted dick! Yuck

                                                                    1. Mamaliga. Sounds like an insult about your mother. But it's great (if your background is Romanian, that is).

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                                                                      1. re: ekammin

                                                                        How funny. I had a Romanian friend over for dinner last night and was JUST talking about how to make mamaliga, one of his favorite comfort foods from childhood. Got any tried and true recipes to share?

                                                                        1. re: cimui

                                                                          It's basically cornmeal, which my grandmother would boil in an iron pot with water. She would serve slices (cut with a string) covered with brindza cheese, although many other cheeses would do, (Kashkaval for example, even feta). There are plenty of other ways to eat it as well.

                                                                          Romanians got to like the stuff when the Ottoman Empire ruled Romania. They stole most of the peasants' grain, leaving just the corn, which the Ottomans considered fit only for pigs.

                                                                          1. re: ekammin

                                                                            Oh... that's a sad history. Thank goodness for enterprising peasants, for bringing us some of the best food we have, today: mamaliga, grits, cucina povera, dal, chopped liver and gribenes...

                                                                            I kind of like the way the word "mamaliga" sounds, by the way! It's sounds warm and inviting to me. :)

                                                                            1. re: cimui

                                                                              Somehow, the Italians, with their polenta, ended up liking basically the same thing.

                                                                        2. re: ekammin

                                                                          My son was about seven when he first encountered mamaliga. He ate it and liked it. Then, evidently thanks to the acute sense of fairness and equity that many children have, he asked whether there was "papaliga" as well.

                                                                        3. Scrod - sounds like unwashed boys gym shorts.

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                                                                          1. re: meatn3

                                                                            yeah, i agree, and i think i know how i get that idea from two appropriate words, sort of cobbled together.

                                                                            1. re: meatn3

                                                                              Or the past tense of a certain verb.

                                                                              1. re: meatn3

                                                                                meatn3's nomiation of scrod reminds me of a joke.

                                                                                A man gets into a cab at Logan airport in Boston. He says to the driver "So this is Boston. Tell me, where can I get scrod?"

                                                                                The driver says "I've beeen asked that a hundred times. But never before in the subjunctive"

                                                                              2. devil's tongue jelly- aka, konnayku

                                                                                1. sweetbreads

                                                                                  1. scrapple.

                                                                                    there was another thread like this not too long ago. very funny, that. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/352720

                                                                                    1. Toad in the hole.

                                                                                      Pad Thai Prik

                                                                                      Sik fuk (adult food)

                                                                                      sik sik wet (baby food)

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                                                                                      1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                        I admit, I lol'd at #3

                                                                                      2. Offal is pretty awful

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                                                                                        1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                          so fitting, no?

                                                                                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                            yes!

                                                                                          2. re: NellyNel

                                                                                            Falafel is awful also.

                                                                                            1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                              You can practically see all the flies buzzing around it!

                                                                                            2. Slumgullion (sounds like something you’d scrape off a window)

                                                                                              Gandules (sounds like an enlarged glandular condition)

                                                                                              Treacle (sounds like something you pave roads with)

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                                                                                              1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                it think treacle sounds like something you do just a little, if you sneeze too hard.

                                                                                                1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                                                                                  Ha! Now that’s funny!

                                                                                                  [Mr. Smith hated to sneeze in public because he always treacled, just a little.]

                                                                                              2. barfi

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                                                                                                1. re: babette feasts

                                                                                                  LOL that is the first one that popped into mind for me, too...unfortunate for English speakers that is, but in Urdu/Hindi it rhymes with the irish surname Murphy, doesn't sound even close to the slang word for vomit.

                                                                                                  1. re: luckyfatima

                                                                                                    See Urban Dictionary entry #16 for "murphy":
                                                                                                    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define...

                                                                                                    1. re: Cinnamon

                                                                                                      hilarious. never knew that one.

                                                                                                      1. re: Cinnamon

                                                                                                        murphy, barfi........"it's a small world after all!""

                                                                                                        LOL!

                                                                                                  2. Mufungo is another with a distasteful sound. I love it though!

                                                                                                    1. grieven - in Jewish cuisine, the solid scraps left after chicken fat is rendered. Sounds like your feelings when indigestion sets in.

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                                                                                                      1. re: ekammin

                                                                                                        i think there are quite a few Jewish/Yiddish food names that belong in this thread. for some reason a lot of them sound to me like bodily functions or lewd anatomical references...

                                                                                                        - gefilte fish (we always called it "filthy" fish)
                                                                                                        - kishkes
                                                                                                        - schmaltz
                                                                                                        - kreplach

                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                          Schav. Sounds like a sharp weapon.

                                                                                                          1. re: southernitalian

                                                                                                            southernitalian, "schav sounds like a sharp weapon".....hey, been in prison lately?
                                                                                                            it makes me think of that commercial with the mom who has to inform the group of hardened, scary inmates that she is "blocking" them from her kids' tv....then offers them more lemonade in her backyard. ;-).

                                                                                                      2. the first two that came to mind for me were spotted dick and blood orange.

                                                                                                        1. growing our my siblings and I hated a dish called Klops (meatballs) that my mum used to make - we called them plops because they looked like ...... well you know!

                                                                                                          1. Cock flavored soup.

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                                                                                                            1. re: danieljdwyer

                                                                                                              Not to mention "cockaleekie" soup! Sounds like a symptom of VD. "Doc, I'm havin' a little problem with the cockaleekie thing....maybe a stronger antibiotic?" adam

                                                                                                            2. It brings out the 11 year old kid in all of us 'weiners' - but after seeing 'Something about Mary' a few times, I smirk at 'franks and beans'.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                                                                                                Boccone Dolce, believe it is "wieners" (from Wien = Vienna). Wein means, well, wine.

                                                                                                              2. Blood Pudding. How could anything sound worse?

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                                                                                                                1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                  I think blood sausage sounds so much better, and unlike most names cited here, describes plainly what the item is: sausage containing the animal's blood. But blood pudding sounds like...dessert made from blood. Which is just so very, very wrong.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                    but the British use of 'pudding' is much wider than the American. Yorkshire pudding is not a dessert either.

                                                                                                                2. Dump Cake

                                                                                                                  1. Slump

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                                                                                                                    1. re: tobycat

                                                                                                                      Grunt

                                                                                                                    2. eggplant - if it were called aubergine, as it is in the UK and France, people would be less inclined to think they wouldn't like it
                                                                                                                      ditto with parsnip (which sounds like a cross between turnip and parson or parsimonious) . . . puts people off

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                                                                                                                      1. re: cinnamon girl

                                                                                                                        Are people really put off by the name 'eggplant'? Maybe I've been around too people who like it to know why others don't.

                                                                                                                        1. re: paulj

                                                                                                                          i was put off by "eggplant" as a kid...don't know why- it just grossed me out

                                                                                                                          1. re: sixelagogo

                                                                                                                            An old friend of our family called them "Horse Eggs". Which is worse.

                                                                                                                        2. re: cinnamon girl

                                                                                                                          parsimonious turnips!

                                                                                                                        3. Puto. A steamed rice cake popular in the Philippines, but a derrogatory word in Spanish. Go figure.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: AntarcticWidow

                                                                                                                            Two persons are eating fish which one of them just caught

                                                                                                                            First person "This is really tasty fish"
                                                                                                                            Second person (who caught it) "It's crappie"
                                                                                                                            Fist person "well I like it"

                                                                                                                            1. re: AntarcticWidow

                                                                                                                              And the origin of a puttanesca. Just another of the tricks of the trade.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                *LOL*

                                                                                                                                That's a good one!

                                                                                                                              2. re: AntarcticWidow

                                                                                                                                Tell me about it! almost got a black eye when I took some Mexican-American college friends to Goldilocks one time.
                                                                                                                                'Want to try some Puto?'
                                                                                                                                <Shields face> "WAITTT! There's no comma before 'Puto' !!!!"

                                                                                                                              3. Rapeseed oil (better known as canola).

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                                                                                                                                1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                  Along the same lines, broccoli rape, which looks like the name of a very disturbing crime.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: danieljdwyer

                                                                                                                                    yes, but i's pronounced: RAH-pea.... or plain Rahb.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                      Yes, that's why I say looks like rather than sounds like. When I was about ten or twelve, I didn't know how it was supposed to be pronounced, and embarrassed the crap out of my mother when I ordered it at a nice Italian restaurant.
                                                                                                                                      The first syllable of rapeseed is not properly pronounced the same as the word rape either.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: danieljdwyer

                                                                                                                                        "The first syllable of rapeseed is not properly pronounced the same as the word rape either."

                                                                                                                                        It is according to every dictionary in this house.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                          The Oxford English Dictionary has the first vowel as either a (as in hot) or ɑ (as in father), and the second vowel either as ə or else dropped. I've never heard the initial vowel as e (as in rape) in any country where rapeseed is still the commonly used name, though perhaps that is how Americans pronounced it when they still used the term.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: danieljdwyer

                                                                                                                                            The plant was called rape (rhyming with grape) for the 30 odd years I was in the UK.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: danieljdwyer

                                                                                                                                      An old friend of mine used to run a nice restaurant, and one day had to stifle laughter when a regular customer considered the daily special of a cream-and-egg custard with vegetables baked in a tart crust by asking, "What's a broccoli quickie?"

                                                                                                                                      1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                        precious

                                                                                                                                  2. 'House of Poo', a translation of a Korean preparation of chicken bums.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: haggisdragon

                                                                                                                                      If you are referring to Dong Jib, which I believe is translated "house of poo", well, the translation is amusing. But I thought they are not actually chicken bums, they are the chicken gizzards. Can anyone clarify? They sure look like chicken gizzards to me.

                                                                                                                                    2. Grey Poupon

                                                                                                                                      Hardon Tea

                                                                                                                                      Jerk Sauce

                                                                                                                                      Nigroids

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: dagmar

                                                                                                                                        shitto (a kind of pepper sauce used in some african countries)

                                                                                                                                        1. re: dagmar

                                                                                                                                          What an excellent collection. Incidentally dagmar, your name reminds me of something. I lived in Amsterdam for two years. The Dutch say 'dag' (=day) to mean good morning. An Aussie guy called Bob Priest used to think this was hilarious as a dag in 'strian' is one of the little black balls that attach themselves to the rear end of sheep. (aka dingleberries).

                                                                                                                                          I only mention Bob Priest's name here as I would love to hear from him again.

                                                                                                                                          And steering vaguely back on topic I'll throw in Lobscouse and Wet Nelly, two Liverpool examples of traditional basse cuisine. And then there's Pease Pudding, Bubble and Squeak and Oggy.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                            Yikes !

                                                                                                                                          2. re: dagmar

                                                                                                                                            Hey this is a great post!

                                                                                                                                            That is a good one. I was just thinking about the Grey Poupon. =)
                                                                                                                                            Speaking of mustard, my family used to say please pass the mouse turd,
                                                                                                                                            and what about hamburger "buns"? My mom was always making silly comments about this one when I was a kid like nice buns, etc...

                                                                                                                                          3. there was and maybe still is a soda in Europe called Psshittttt.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: smartie

                                                                                                                                              Not to mention soft drinks calledGag(France) , Zit (Greece),Pipi(Yugoslavia) and Libido (China)
                                                                                                                                              other funny food labels
                                                                                                                                              Swine-chocolate(China)
                                                                                                                                              Asse-chocolate (Japan)
                                                                                                                                              Chocolate Colon Snot Cookies (Japan)
                                                                                                                                              Kolic-mineral water (Japan)
                                                                                                                                              Plopp-candy bar (Malaysia)
                                                                                                                                              Julie's Kaka Crackers (Malaysia)
                                                                                                                                              Felony-baby food (Indonesia)
                                                                                                                                              Ugly Baby-baby food (China)
                                                                                                                                              Crundy-chocolate (Japan)
                                                                                                                                              Crunky-candy bar (Japan)
                                                                                                                                              Blue Peter-Canned Fish (Norway)
                                                                                                                                              Angst-Chicken Pate (Vietnam)
                                                                                                                                              Snacks Pickle Ex- burbon flavored chocolates (Japan)

                                                                                                                                              1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                And the Japanese soft drink Pocari Sweat.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                  I've actually had Pocari Sweat (And Crunky Bars, come to think of it) I really can't recommend either. Pocari Sweat tastes like a weak version of a sports drink but sweeter (imagine if you had a glass that had had gatorade in it on the rocks but was now just filled with the water left from the melted ice cubes, if you added two or three spoons of sugar to this it would taste a lot like Pocari Sweat. Crunky bars are sort of like a Hershey's crackle, except with the famous "Japanese Chocolate problem" (I'll come right out and say it, in my opinion Japanese Chocolate (at least the major brands like Lotte and Meiji) isn't very good it's weak in most cases (Meji dark is about as strong as our milk) and in those cases where it isnt (like Meji 99%) it's inedible. Sorry if that offends anyone but that's how I feel)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                    You know, an ex of mine, who was a regular Gatorade drinker, had to buy a can of Pocari Sweat when he saw it at a Japanese market just because of the name, and his assessment was about like yours: Weak sports drink without a specific flavor profile.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                      There was also a Japanese bottled water that sticks in my mind, not becuse of the name (I can't even remeber what the name was) but becuse of the "source" byline, According to the label it was de-salanized water from the very bottom of the ocean, which they claimed made it untouched for millions of years and therfore more healthy than shallower waters. Personally I keep rembering all of those plans (actualy utilized in some countries) of using the deep ocean for toxic waste disposal on the grounds it just stays there.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                        What's a "flavor profile"?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                          http://www.sensoryanalysis.com/exampl...

                                                                                                                                                          ~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                          and...here's flavor flav's profile: http://www.myspace.com/flavoroflove

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                      A few years ago there was a Japanese vegtable drink, quite a bit like V-8, but it was carbonated. It was oddly addictive, but the name allways name me laugh: Bloody Wolf.

                                                                                                                                                    3. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                      jumpingmonk, "Chocolate Colon Snot Cookies (Japan)".....looks and tastes like.....??
                                                                                                                                                      <any google images or youtube?>

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                        Sorry I went on google and the only reference I found to them (apart from my own here of course) was on the Google books for "Here Speeching American" The book I got the name out of in the first place.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                          oh those are really good! cream-filed, a little like koala cookies

                                                                                                                                                          http://snackerrific.com/wp-content/sn...

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dumpycactus

                                                                                                                                                            dumpy, here's the message i got at that link:

                                                                                                                                                            Safari can’t open the page.
                                                                                                                                                            Too many redirects occurred trying to open “http://snackerrific.com/wp-content/sn.... This might occur if you open a page that is redirected to open another page which then is redirected to open the original page.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                              argh!
                                                                                                                                                              try this one?

                                                                                                                                                              http://images.google.com.hk/images?q=...

                                                                                                                                                              or just google "collon"

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: dumpycactus

                                                                                                                                                                dumpycactus, this is from the snackerrific link (gotten via google images, strangely enough):

                                                                                                                                                                >>>"""Collon is not a candy, it’s more of a filled cookie. My theory is that the name relates to some more innocent English word like ‘cone’ or ‘crown’ which has been transliterated into Japanese and then back, not entirely successfully. They seem like a sort of mini-interpretation of a common Japanese baked good which is a cone-shaped bread/pastry roll with cream in it."<<<<
                                                                                                                                                                ~~
                                                                                                                                                                actually, dc, they sound pretty good. the description made me think of the filled cream pastry horns one gets at a bakery. http://www.julesbakery.com/images/cre...

                                                                                                                                                                ....or maybe a miniature crunchy twinkie!

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: dumpycactus

                                                                                                                                                              oh so THAT'S why I couldn't find any links, the book spelled the name with on one "l"

                                                                                                                                                      2. turducken
                                                                                                                                                        fool
                                                                                                                                                        conch (esp when pronounced conk)

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: soniabegonia

                                                                                                                                                          conch is pronounced conk.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                            Not so in many places. In the US, Canada (usually) and Bahamas it is Konk. For the other bits of the English speaking world I have visited it is Konch.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                                              well, paulustrious, since we are the places where conk things are done, i'd venture that "conk" is the standard english.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                I must rise to this challenge. With no fear for my own safety I plunged into google and extracted the following....

                                                                                                                                                                "About 74 species of the Strombidae family are living, and a much larger number of species exist only in the fossil record. [2] Of the living species, most are in the Indian and Pacific Oceans."

                                                                                                                                                                It would appear that most of the English speaking world (india, Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, UK etc) call them Konches. This includes the main Caribbean English-speaking islands, excluding the Miami Protectorate of The Bahamas.

                                                                                                                                                                For my second point I refer you to...

                                                                                                                                                                Origin:
                                                                                                                                                                1350–1400; ME < L concha < Gk kónchē mussel, shell

                                                                                                                                                                OED 1398 "Al that fysshe wyth the shelles ben callyd conch"

                                                                                                                                                                It would appear that the original pronunciation pre-dates the USA, and certainly its use of English in any bastardised form.

                                                                                                                                                                In summing up I will say that this discussion is somewhat academic as the Queen Conch is being fished to extinction in the Caribbean. My case rests.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                                                  looks like the hard "k" sound is more prevalent in modern usage:

                                                                                                                                                                  >>>the Late Latin word concha (bivalve, oyster shell; holy-water font; mollusk, murex, oyster)
                                                                                                                                                                  derived from the Greek word konche, κόγχη
                                                                                                                                                                  Derivations in Latin

                                                                                                                                                                  conchula, Conchifera, solenoconcha, conchiola
                                                                                                                                                                  Derivations in other languages

                                                                                                                                                                  Albanian kungë, English concha, French conche, French conque, Italian conca, Italian conchifero, Italian conchiologia, Portuguese conca, Spanish cuenca, Spanish coca, Spanish conca
                                                                                                                                                                  Usage

                                                                                                                                                                  Word found in Late Latin""<<<<
                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.myetymology.com/latin/conc...

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                    some people I know spilt it, using "conk" when referring to the snail (in food situations) and "conch" when referring to the shell (in collecting circles)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                      I prefer conk but sometimes people don't understand. They see conch so they expect conch. I've had a waitress not understand me when I ordered conk so I had to say conch. Anyway, the etymology is certainly interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: soniabegonia

                                                                                                                                                                        All I know is if you order conch fritters and you are not standing in the Bahama's, you are wasting time, money and fritter happiness... At least here in FL where every bar has them on the menu and they all, collectively seem to spew chewy evil into a hush puppy and call it a conch fritter.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                in american it is conk but elsewhere.................caracol and conch is proper

                                                                                                                                                            2. crust

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                Smoked butt.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                  Not a food but a bakery chain: Hot & Crusty. Always made me think of a half-healed wound rather than a loaf of bread.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Emmmily

                                                                                                                                                                    Not sure if things used to obtain food count, but to me an oyster smack alaways sounded like what you should get for poaching someone elses beds.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                                      Hahahaha. Sounds like smething shellfish use to get high... :-P

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Emmmily

                                                                                                                                                                        another one, fatush salad (seen by me on a number of greek and middle eastern menus), Not exacty an great name as a selling point to people eating salads as a weight loss method.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Emmmily

                                                                                                                                                                          Pulled pork!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: spazita

                                                                                                                                                                            or Jerky

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: spazita

                                                                                                                                                                              In the same spirit, beef stroganoff (or phonetically, and here's where it gets unfortunate, beef strokin off).

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, YOU'VE seen the T-shirt too!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm picturing a Far Side...am I making that up, or does it really exist? MOO!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                    No its wasn't a far side (at least not that I am aware of) I can't go into much more detail about it without getting too dirty for a public forum but you can proably fill in the blanks

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                                                      I seem to remember it came with a tossed salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, for sure, it did--and a big napkin.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Lassi (being so close to Lassie)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Marmalade, when said by a Brit....sounds like "mamma laid"

                                                                                                                                                                        Strawberry Fool.

                                                                                                                                                                        Battered chicken balls. A friend of mine once said, "Poor chicken".

                                                                                                                                                                        The Mayo Clinic. Is it where you go to fix broken mayonnaise?

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: souschef

                                                                                                                                                                          Yes - they will put a dressing on it for you.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                                                            ROFLMAO !!!

                                                                                                                                                                            Love it !!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Poke.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: phoenikia

                                                                                                                                                                            phoenikia, you mean like this? http://kimandjason.com/blog/wp-conten...

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                              Pokey! Where have you been these past forty years?

                                                                                                                                                                              I hope she meant this...
                                                                                                                                                                              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poke_(Ha...

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                tee hee hee! i think i still have my gumby somewhere....

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thinking I'll have to order some Gumbo with my next order of Poke.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds almost like a match made in heaven:)

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: phoenikia

                                                                                                                                                                                    ROTFLMAO!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                    http://radio.weblogs.com/0105833/imag...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                      awwww!

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                  Yep, that's what I meant:) Although, next time I see it on a menu, I might make a point of stressing the -e:) Hee hee.
                                                                                                                                                                                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poke_(Ha...

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: phoenikia

                                                                                                                                                                                    Hope I didn't steel your thunder by posting that link, but I know that some people used to eat Poke as in Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana), which can be pretty poisonous.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                      nah, no thunder stolen:)

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                        cuccs, my yard guy just three days ago wanted to take the pokeweed leaves off a big plant in my back yard. he says boil them up and they're better than spinach. he's from the tappahannock area of virginia.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                          Yep, that's what I've heard people do, but this link gives a little more info

                                                                                                                                                                                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokeweed

                                                                                                                                                                                          It's Wikipedia, so who knows...

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                            yes, there was a thread on it a while back, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                            look, here are some fun facts to use at your next cocktail party chat-up:

                                                                                                                                                                                            >>> """Pokeweed berries yield a red ink or dye, which was once used by aboriginal Americans to decorate their horses. The United States Declaration of Independence was written in fermented pokeberry juice (hence the common name 'inkberry'). Many letters written home during the American Civil War were written in pokeberry ink; the writing in these surviving letters appears brown. The red juice has also been used to symbolize blood, as in the anti-slavery protest of Benjamin Lay. A rich brown dye can be made by soaking fabrics in fermenting berries in a hollowed-out pumpkin.""<<< wiki.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                    ROTFL....nope, not really:) I can't get my mind around eating Pokey.

                                                                                                                                                                                3. Hot dogs. Literally, what does it mean?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: souschef

                                                                                                                                                                                    good point, why is a sausage called a dog?

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: smartie

                                                                                                                                                                                      looks like a dachshund

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: smartie

                                                                                                                                                                                        some makers used some dog meat back in the mid-1800's.

                                                                                                                                                                                        or so i read....

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: smartie

                                                                                                                                                                                          I sure hope alkapal is wrong! I've always understood that the shape of the sausage is like that of a Dachshund. That word means "badger dog" in German, because the breed was used to flush their prey from its burrow. In German, Viennese is "Wiener", so Viennese sausage became Wiener in English slang, and the Dachshund got the nickname "wiener dog" or "sausage dog".

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                                                                            Me, too. Your explanation makes me much happier. WOOF! WOOF!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Something called a rat-tail radish is pictured on the HC board. The name accurately describes the long, beanlike part of the plant that is eaten (not the root, like a typical radish).

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                                                                          That reminds me of one. There is among the heirloom varieites of corn a strain called "Hooker's Heirloom" which my cousin is very fond of (I don't know maybe it is named after the Civil war general). Its perfercty good corn but I cant help but snigger every summer whne he goes on about his "garden full of Hookers"

                                                                                                                                                                                          There's also a tomato out there called "Indishe Fleisch" (because it's brownish) I like the taste but am alaways worried that someday I'll offer one to someone who knows German and is easily offended.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, jumpingmonk, should you come to Connecticut, you'll have to have a Hooker. You won't be the first man I've known to get a chuckle out of "having a hooker" at the dinner table.
                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.hookerbeer.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                            Note the obvious "Where have you had a Hooker?" link at the bottom of the page.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Edit: Wait, it gets even better. The Hooker Beer Locator allows you to "search for hookers in your local area." So, gosh, maybe you can even have a hooker right at home. HA HA HA!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks, but I don't actually drink beer or much of any beverage alcohol for that matter (a little Canton ginger in my tea from time to time, an Elephant Shake or two (back when I could still trust my lactose tolerance) the odd glass of sweet mead ant thats really it)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Though you comment did remind me of some funny looks Ive gotten with the one beer I do buy reguarly a Scottish brew called Old Engine Oil (I don't drink the stuff, but I've discovered it makes fish batter so good you can happily eat the stuff cold) More then once when I have been cooking I've asked someone to "Bring me the engine oil" and had them either flee the kitchen in disgust or shrug and head out to the garage and try to flip the trunk!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oooh, now Canton in tea is a tasty idea. Thank you...but what is an Elephant Shake?

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Besides the newest dance craze in the junge? g>

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Okay but seriosly, an elephant shake is basically a milkshake with Amarula added to it. It one of the only two Amarula based cocktails I've ever seen, the other is an African Lullaby, which uses coconut milk (I susepct the reason there are so few is that, as Amarula uses actual cream you can't use anything acidic with it (the label says so) which removed practically all of the usual mixers. What I made for myself is tecnically a variant which I nicknamed a Siamese White Elephant the difference is that the offical recipes uses vanilla ice cream the version I make uses Ginger ice cream (or I suppose you could use Canton again though the congnac base might make it curdle) basically any ice cream that doesn't have lumpy bits (since you going to drink it not eat it) and has a flavor that goes well with that of amarula (sorta chocolately) and isnt acidic in itself (like strawberry) will work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                                                                    <<Besides the newest dance craze in the junge? g> >>

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, you mean like this:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TifeJZ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    OK, back to the elephant shake of which you originally spoke. Amarula, huh? Veddy intedesting. I even think we have it downstairs, but why I think we bought it in Bermuda is puzzling. I will have to try your Siamese White Elephant. I recently made a way over-rummified bananas foster and we had it over ice cream--I had a little of vanilla AND ginger. Now I need to remember why we bought Amarula...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                      kattyeyes, it is so obvious that you bought Amarula so you could have Elephant shakes! You felt it deep in your bones (repositories of all that calcium), but it took a circuitous route and a poster called jumpingmonk to bubble to your consciousness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      And now I'm going to have to get some Amarula so I can make a Siamese White Elephant, because that sounds so very delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Okay, so it is not a foodstuff but what about these shots: Duck Farts, and Buttery Nipples. And I know there are many other strange names for shots. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: DishDelish

                                                                                                                                                                                            I think those names exist to get dopey teens with fake IDs to say something stupid. Not that they need the help. (I speak from experience.)

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: small h

                                                                                                                                                                                              My uncle ran a restaurant with a bar. In the early 80s, when the slippery nipple was popular, I distinctly remember a grown woman (maybe in her 40s or 50s--I was a teenager, adults then seemed "older" if you know what I mean, now that I'm 40 it's a different story)...shouting at the top of her lungs (she had already had one too many, "Raaaaaaaay! I WANT MY NIPPLE!" Not limited to teens in the least!

                                                                                                                                                                                              And while out recently for sushi, we had a roll called "Sex on the beach"...and, of course, it's easy to get silly and say, "Oh, right, we had sex on the beach last time."

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oy. In the 80s, the Green Parrot in Neptune, NJ served a drink called "A Slow Comfortable Screw Against the Wall." It was some sort of screwdriver, Harvey Wallbanger thing, maybe, with Baileys, and/or Kahlua, who knows. If the name didn't offend you, the ingredients surely would. It would be more efficient (and cheaper) to just pour sugar into your mouth and then hit yourself on the head with a brick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: small h

                                                                                                                                                                                                  HA HA re your last sentence! But then, you'd have a nasty headache instead of a hangover the next day...

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: small h

                                                                                                                                                                                                    any "comfortable" screw involved southern comfort. "slow" involved sloe gin, iirc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the wall -- what's in the harvey wallbanger --- galliano. right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    so....sloe gin, southern comfort, oj, galliano. vodka. eeeeuuuw. talk about puke-fest!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, you have correctly identified the origins of the slow/sloe comfortable screw. ;) It's nice to know our tastebuds have grown up, isn't it? But the rest of me, nah, I don't ever want to grow up. My mom turned 74 today and she is still a kid at heart. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JANEY!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, speaking of my mom, she bought a bottle of Old Fart wine for her boyfriend and instead of thinking it was funny, it pissed him off. That made it funnier to mom and me, though. Have you seen it? There are other snarky labels like that, too...the names elude me at the moment, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Edit: Here's their site. You can even "send a card to an Old Fart!" BAH HA HA!
                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.oldfartwine.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                        How about these names for wines:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Cat's Pee on a Mulberry Bush
                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Fat Bastard
                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Goats Do Roam

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: souschef

                                                                                                                                                                                                          For some odd reason Goats Do Roam has really become popular here in Kenya.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          From sniggering at the name a year ago at a wine tasting, I now see it popping up on loads of wine lists in restaurants...the wine is ok....definitely not something that IMO warrants the popularity....maybe the person who came up with the name had it spot on

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: waytob

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, it is South African so that makes sense, it doesn't have to be shipped very far. The name, of course, is a pun on Côtes du Rhône.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: souschef

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Had a bottle of Plungerhead wine last week. It was wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You are dead on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.webtender.com/db/drink/4604

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Makes a Long Island Iced Tea look positively sophistimacated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          And @ kattyeyes - you have hangovers that don't involve nasty headaches? What's your secret?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: small h

                                                                                                                                                                                                            <<What's your secret?>>
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Very gratefully, I haven't been hungover in years. Not to say it never happened, but the last time I had a headache from drinking was when I was too young to know better (and I think I had banged my head on a bucket). One of my friends poured me a very heavy-handed rum and Coke, but made with 151 instead of regular rum. When I regained consciousness, I was propped up in a bathtub (like I was being waked or something) and all my friends came in to visit me. Funny now, but really not funny. I might have been 15 at the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: small h

                                                                                                                                                                                                          "sugar in your mouth and hit over the head with a brick".... Wait isn't that how you repicate the effect of a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? No, wait, that's a slice of lemon around a large GOLD brick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Back to funny names I just remembered a goat cheese I see from time to time called Consider Bardwell Farms Metowee. I know that the farm where they make the cheese is actually named after someone called Consider Barwell (It's an old farm I think dating back to the times when "Consider" wasn't all that odd a first name) but to me it always sounds like there really being needy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                                                                            My favorite farmstead name is Insulting Manor in Guilford, CT. I get a chuckle out of it every time I drive by.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. mouse-turd peppers in thailand

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I can't believe we didn't nominate this one yet: clotted cream. Tastes so good, sounds so disgusting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                        True. My (former) sister-in-law insulted my mother once by saying of her (excellent)cream pies (butterscotch, particularly) that she didn't care for "clotted"pies. The insult far outlasted the marriage in teasing my Mom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                          tart is a silly word (sorry buttertart)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          rhubarb

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: smartie

                                                                                                                                                                                                            See, there goes the double-meaning problem again. I'd love a key lime tart. And, one day, I hope to try a buttertart. But when my mom wears a miniskirt, I tease her that she looks like a tart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Devilled eggs. Are they supposed to be good for you ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: souschef

                                                                                                                                                                                                          ooooh yeah, they are real good for you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          see, it's like -- hmm -- an "ironic" name. ;-)).

                                                                                                                                                                                                          or....maybe it's just 'cause they're highly spiced (the only good definition for deviled, btw).
                                                                                                                                                                                                          <i'm just havin' fun, souschef; i know you know the facts about "deviling"...>

                                                                                                                                                                                                          speakin' of highly spiced -- and undoubtedly delicious -- look at these "devil crabs" from tampa, florida -- a creation of the cuban immigrants there in ybor city:
                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.foodmuseum.com/xLiliDevile...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, those crabs look good...speaking of which, "crabs" as a name for foodstuff? Hmmmmm. The devil is in the details.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have actually been to Ybor City, to a restaurant that put on a flamenco floor show. The show was nice, the food was forgettable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: souschef

                                                                                                                                                                                                              the columbia? http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/ybo...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              back in the day, it was good. i'm talking 35 years ago....

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yup, that looks like it. I was there maybe 10 years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lunch is still good for the black bean soup and "1905" salad!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Larb.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not lard.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jennalynn

                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's "laab" (rhymes best with "Saab"). The insertion by Laos and Thais of "r" in such words is unfathomable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Bangers is one ... ... ... Strozzapreti is another.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've got nothing else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ah yes. Bangers and mash. Isn't there also a related dish call Bubble and Squeak?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  these are colorful names, not unfortunate ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: paulj

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I find Bubble and Squeak pretty unfortunate. It doesn't sound like something I'd want to put in my mouth (even if I didn't know what it was)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. how about "foodstuffs"?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Lion's head
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion&#39...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A popular Chinese dish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: easily amused

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    """In Northern China, especially in Beijing, the dish is known as "Sixi Wanzi" (四喜丸子,"Four Happy Balls") because the meatballs are usually served in a set of four. These meatballs tend to be smaller than the Southern variety."""

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    another funny name.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but i have a question for chinese food experts, where did i get the notion that either even or odd numbers of food items on a plate was good or bad luck? i think i heard it from martin yan or ming tsai, but can you tell me more about the concept?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As far as Chinese is concerned: Four is unlucky because si4 is a hononym for death, so the meatball dish's name presumably had to have "happy" in it to counteract the "four" part. Uneven numbers particularly ending in 9 are unlucky. You always give money in even units for example, to do otherwise would be inauspicious, actually it just isn't done period. The number 8 is the luckiest one (a person on the Outer Boroughs board referred to the main street in Brooklyn Chinatown as "the lucky 8"), apparently license plates with 8's in them sell for a lot of money in HK and elsewhere. I don't know very much about numbers and food in Japanese culture, but it seems that odd numbers are preferred (bowls come in sets of 5 for example).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the same "no 4" rule applies in Japan too, reinforced by the fact that a certain famous modern day Kabuki actor died becuse he ate 4 portions of fugu liver (his own plus three friends who decined). "huis last wods (supposedly) were "I have eaten the death number"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I remember reading about that - quick google - Mitsugoro Bando

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jumpingmonk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As jumpingmonk mentioned, 4 is bad luck for Japanese since it's a homophone for death but the number 9 is also unlucky since it sounds like the root for "to suffer."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Funny how 8 in Chinese is pronounced "fat" which is indeed a sign of prosperity for many cultures...just not American!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nwada

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's "ba" in Mandarin, unfortunately no such correspondence exists there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/355454

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: RicRios

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, that's a gem of a thread. The responses to cookiemonster are priceless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. This is not a foodstuff, but my TJ's carries a brand of half and half called "Garelick". My half asleep brain reinterprets this as "garlic" every morning as I pour it into my coffee. It always makes my shudder for a brief second.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Garelick is the surname of the family that owns the dairy. I once belonged to a amateur drama club and one of the Garelick sons was my costar in a play, The Philadelphia Story, which the club staged. It's pronounced GARE-ah-lick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now this is interesting...they sell Garelick Farms products in my area...and on the commercials, they pronounce it completely differently: Gar-ELL-ick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. What are "Spare Ribs" ? Are these ribs that the animal did not need?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The southern Bolivian dish, saise, always makes Germans laugh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As long as it doesn't taste like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Mannish water

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Before looking it up can you guess which Rolling Stones album - I think primarily made in Jamaica - is connected with this foodstuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Goat's Head Soup, naturally.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. furikake

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ML8000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not sure if it count's as "unfortunate" or just a little funnily odd. but While shopping today I picked up a package of a Egyptian cheese which goes by the name "Roomy". I want to say "I want to EAT it not LIVE in it"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. after all this, no one has mentioned ratatouille ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. did anyone mention
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bubble and squeek
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    toad in the hole
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    burnt ends
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    beaver burger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And I have always wondered why you would name a wine Yellow Tail with a silly kangaroo on the lable...........and after trying said wine it makes me wonder where this wine really comes from.........is it wine or kangaroo p<<HUMMMMMMMMMMMM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Poutine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sirenoftitan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        also panocha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: luckyfatima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is that different from penuche?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. There is a method of cooking biriani called "dum pukht" and a restaurant by that same name iin town, which my English speaking colleagues love to snigger at.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Plugra-- excellent product by any name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://plugra.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Kholvaitar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you for bringing this thread back to life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For me, Balut is disgusting, but maybe only because I know what it is?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This may not be considered all that "unofrtunate" (some people might think it was a good thing, since it would keep most people from being tempted to eat it) but I understand that, much as "beef" is the English word for cow meat, and "pork" is the word for pig meat, the correct term in English for the meat of donkeys is "poopy"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. This just might be my warped mind at work, but the term "cullen skink" sounds like a fungal disease caused by inadequate bathing opportunities. I can't hear of it without imagining a highland warrior returning home from battle and complaining about cullen skink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But I'd be willing to try it if I had the chance. The description of the dish sounds a lot tastier than the name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. We have an Italian restaurant in Houston called Crappito's. I've never been but it's supposed to be good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://crapittos.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, that's funny and unfortunate for sure! If that were my last name, I'd change it so quickly, heads would spin. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ETA: Sounds like one of those half English/half Italian words--"holy crappito!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Holy crap, I just looked at my post after you responded, and I spelled it wrong. It's Crapittos. Crap!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOL! Still unfortunate in my book, man. Holy crappito/crapitto indeed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Horehounds!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.nuts.com/chocolatessweets/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The unfortunate implication of "horehound" never occurred to me! Probably because I first saw the term when I was an innocent youth reading the Little House books. Now I finally know (40-some years later) why my sister was snickering at me when I seized an opportunity to buy a bag of this candy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MrsBridges

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To make matters worse, the techically name for those large "horse pill" shaped lozenges is "slugs"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Incidentally the ACTUAL orgin of the name of the herb is the old English "Hare" meaning grey (as in "hoary") "Hund" (herb) I have also head people claim the hound part is because it was part of remedies for dog bites but this seems a liltle less likey to me)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MrsBridges

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I remember those as a little girl. The major department stores in Canadian cities had food emporia in the basement with sweets that were retro even in postwar years. Those bittersweet drops had no seamy associations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Zagnut candy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. My father was just saying the other day that he won't eat hummus because he doesn't like the name. I asked him if he would eat pureed chickpeas and he said "sure".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Pesto - Sounds like an Italian bug spray.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Rmis32

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aspic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roux42

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The next time I hear someone mention a toothpick or a guitar pick, I'm going to start laughing, and it will be all your fault. (An ex-boyfriend of mine used to crack himself up by saying "I saw you at the movies last night, picking your seat." We were a very sophisticated couple.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Coon cheese. A very popular cheese brand in Australia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Was reading this thread and all I could think of was that brand!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not sure if it was around in AUS too, but in NZ we used to be able to get canned sarsaparilla - branded SARS. Found it amusing when SARS flu went....ahem, viral.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ultimatepotato

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Talk about an identity crisis!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. There is pastry I made back in cul-school, I can't even type the name. It consists of the foulest racial hate word you can think of, followed by 'head'. I think it was a rumball with almonds sticking out of it, then covered with chocolate.