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heinz-sm.jpgStanford University linguist Dan Jurafsky, who just published The Language of Food, talks ketchup etymology with NPR. On ketchup: "...it didn't always contain tomatoes, and it definitely was not always American... -Tchup is a word for sauce in Chinese dialects. And the syllable ke means "preserved fish" in Hokkien, the language of southern Fujian and Taiwan." [NPR][Photo: Heinz/Official]

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