Sep 15, 2014 8:34 PM

'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

The words we use for everyday foods contain clues to their origins and hint at their ancient travels across the globe as they merge, fuse and sometimes take on different forms altogether. Stanford University linguist Dan Jurafsky unpacked some of the history Friday with All Things Considered's Robert Siegel and in his book, The Language of Food.

Take for example, ketchup. We all know and love it as a sweet, sour, tomato-based topping that's practically its own food group.


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