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#183610 - 03/15/09 03:16 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: tsuwm]
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Chocolate on my mind since it was mentioned by DZjeem. In the sixties-seventies my husband used to take home Godiva chocolates from chocodrome Brussels. Only just now I learn that Godiva is since quite a while no longer Belgian at all. Maybe that's what changed the taste. Now one of the favorites is a handmade Australian chocolate.

Godiva

Never knew what chocolate had to do with the Godiva legend.

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#183616 - 03/15/09 06:17 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: BranShea]
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Originally Posted By: BranShea
Only just now I learn that Godiva is since quite a while no longer Belgian at all. Maybe that's what changed the taste.


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#183617 - 03/15/09 06:18 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: Faldage]
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Originally Posted By: Faldage
Originally Posted By: latishya
Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
Where'd you get "ferengi"?

Same place the writers for ST:TNG got it: history (link).


Is the consonantal similarity between firangi and foreign just coincidence?


Yup. For one thing, the G in foreign wasn't added till after ME. The word is from Latin foranus. Feringhi is from Frank from Latin francus, ultimately of Germanic origin.


Thank you.

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#183633 - 03/16/09 01:12 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: BranShea]
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Originally Posted By: BranShea
Chocolate on my mind since it was mentioned by DZjeem. In the sixties-seventies my husband used to take home Godiva chocolates from chocodrome Brussels. Only just now I learn that Godiva is since quite a while no longer Belgian at all. Maybe that's what changed the taste. Now one of the favorites is a handmade Australian chocolate.

Godiva

Never knew what chocolate had to do with the Godiva legend.


Neither did I! I love the big old clock in Coventry. Quite a legend, if legend it be.
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#183635 - 03/16/09 01:31 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: LukeJavan8]
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naked women and chocolate. what's to not understand?

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#183649 - 03/16/09 07:00 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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Godiva is from OE godgifu, 'God's gift'. The active ingredient in chocolate is theobromine; close enough in my book.

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#183651 - 03/16/09 07:51 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: Faldage]
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OE godgifu, 'God's gift'

German Gift 'poison' (cf. English dose).

theobromine

From Greek theos 'god' + broma 'food'.
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#183660 - 03/17/09 05:03 PM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: LukeJavan8]
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Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8

Quite a legend, if legend it be.
Link

godgifu- interesting contradiction.

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#183668 - 03/18/09 01:42 AM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: BranShea]
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Originally Posted By: BranShea
Chocolate on my mind since it was mentioned by DZjeem. In the sixties-seventies my husband used to take home Godiva chocolates from chocodrome Brussels. Only just now I learn that Godiva is since quite a while no longer Belgian at all. Maybe that's what changed the taste. Now one of the favorites is a handmade Australian chocolate.


During World War II, my sister and I were favorites on the block because our dad, who was stationed in the South Pacific, sent us Australian chocolate periodically. We were the only kids on the block who had chocolate throughout the war. We shared it out. It was rich and dark. Sometimes the surface was dusted with alkali powder that had leached out in transit. But we just brushed it off and ignored it.

There is a scene in "Band of Brothers" that occurred during Operation Market-Garden. An American G.I. shares some of his chocolate candy ration with a young Dutch child, whose father says that his child had never had chocolate candy before. Isn't the Netherlands right next door to Belgium?

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#183670 - 03/18/09 05:14 AM Re: those pesky Ferengi [Re: PastorVon]
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Isn't the Netherlands right next door to Belgium?

You could call it a duplex.


Edited by BranShea (03/18/09 05:16 AM)

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