Food: It seems relatively inoffensive, but it has a history of names that are racist, shocking, or just plain gross. Salon recalls the 10 worst names in food history:
- Spotted Dick: An English pudding filled with currants (hence the “spotted”). Why “dick”? Wikipedia notes it may be some sort of contraction for the word “pudding” or “dough.” Still.
- Welsh Rarebit: Cheese, beer, and bread: What’s not to like? Just the name, which was meant to imply this was the poor Welsh man’s substitute for rabbit, already a poor man’s meat.
- Chicken Poo House: Yes, that is the literal translation for Korean dish daak ddong jib. Sometimes also translated as the equally yummy-sounding “chicken anus.” What it actually is: chicken gizzards.
- Nun’s Farts: One theory for how the French came up with this name: One nun farted in a kitchen; another laughed and dropped her cream-puff dough into hot oil. Sounds tasty, but can you imagine ordering this at a restaurant?
- Priest Stranglers: The literal translation of strozzapreti, sometimes even called strangolapreti, a gnocchi-type pasta said to have once, yes, choked a gluttonous priest.
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