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#156529 - 03/03/06 08:31 PM UMAMI exposed, or, 99 Bottles of MSG on the Wall
wofahulicodoc Offline
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It looks to me as if all the interested parties have been heard from, so here's the scoop:

UMAMI might be ( -- barring clerical error in my part):

a) the distaff side of an Imam's family
-- submitted by consuelo
-- chosen by Jackie

b) Gullah word for soul
-- submitted by TEd Remington
-- chosen by Elizabeth Creith, AnnaStrophic, themilum and (with some cajoling) Alex Williams

c) (chiefly veterinary) state of excitation or increased metabolism preceding labor -- submitted by Alex Williams

d) a philosophical concept in Islam in which the parts of a whole are distinct and have their own complete being apart from the whole they compose
-- submitted by Father Steve
-- chosen by themilum at first, but he reconsidered

e) a short shift, or wrap-around dress
-- submitted by belMarduk
-- chosen by Ted Remington

f) African thumb piano made of 22 to 28 metal keys mounted on a hardwood soundboard; also known as mbira
-- submitted by AnnaStrophic

g) a cooked combination of ground mixed grains, made into small balls and dipped into sauces
-- submitted by Elizabeth Creith
-- chosen by belMarduk and WhitmanONeill

h) the fifth fundamental taste, after sweet, sour, salty, and bitter, sometimes called “savory;” identified in 1908 by the Japanese scientist Kikunae Ikeda
-- the real McCoy.
-- chosen by Owlbow.
See this link. I was surprised to learn it was that old! The paradigm of the taste is mono-sodium glutamate, marketed a while back as Ac’cent, and supposed to be the cause of what was in the late 1960s known as the “Chinese Restaurant syndrome.”

i) adj. SW US dialect: vacant as the wind
-- submitted by WhitmnONeill
-- chosen by tsuwm, consuelo

j) a West African dish made from lentils
-- submitted by Jackie
-- chosen by musick

k) a style of West African headdress
-- also submitted by Jackie and she changed it at my suggestion but I forgot to delete the original

l) the box-like device worn in the small of the back by geishas when dressed full kimono and obi
-- submitted by Faldage
-- chosen by Father Steve and Bingley

m) what the Ubangi answered when asked by an orangantangi the name of the only river that drains Lake Victoria in Ugandi
-- submitted by themilum

n) a deathbed promise to exact revenge
-- submitted by musick

o) Swahili word meaning "glorious"
-- submitted by etaoin
-- chosen by Faldage and etaoin

A shibbloeth shattered, or at least battered: the real definition sounds like an armil (see TEd Remington’s comment) and it’s neither short nor dictionary-sounding. At least it’s trying not to be.

Recognized in 1907! Imagine that! Ninety-nine years ago!

edit: Oops, Only 98 years ago. 1908. [Sosumi-sound-effect]

#156530 - 03/03/06 09:28 PM Re: UMAMI exposed, or, 99 Bottles of MSG on the Wall
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Woohoo. Four votes. Best I've ever done.

#156531 - 03/04/06 08:24 AM Re: UMAMI exposed, etc
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Congrats, TEd!
I studied a little Gullah in a college course on creoles (a million years ago) and you still fooled me.

Great word, Dr Woofy! I have heard of a fifth taste before but never associated it with that or any other name. Now we need a Japanese scholar to tell us what it means (err, "fifth taste"?).

#156532 - 03/04/06 08:43 AM Re: UMAMI exposed, etc
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Well if umami or monosodium glutamate is basic to our human tastebuds why did it take so long for humans (who eat every day) to distinquish the savor?

I still think that a "umami" is something more inconsequential.

#156533 - 03/04/06 01:41 PM Re: UMAMI exposed, etc
Father Steve Offline
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There was an edifying discussion of this topic on the original television program "Iron Chef" -- the one shot in Japan, not the re-make mimic in the US of A. The commentator patiently explained that the Japanese, who have refined palates, are able to discern the fifth taste, while most Westerners, who have not such sophisticated palates, are not. Easy.

#156534 - 03/04/06 05:05 PM Re: UMAMI exposed, etc
belMarduk Offline
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Well, I was nearly a-flutter with excitement at finally getting someone to vote for my creation, but TEd burst my bubble by adding... I'm gonna guess E, for no reason other than that I need to vote.

#156535 - 03/04/06 07:34 PM Re: UMAMI exposed, etc
Faldage Offline
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Well, I got Bingley's vote again and I consider that worth at least three normal votes.

#156536 - 03/04/06 10:20 PM Re: UMAMI exposed, etc
Father Steve Offline
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Oh, yeah? Well, I got themilum's vote, at first, until he reconsidered, so that oughta be worth at least a half a point!

#156537 - 03/04/06 10:24 PM Re: UMAMI exposed, etc
consuelo Offline
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As long as we're begging for points, I think the fact that tsuwm backed me on my choice should be worthless...for the day...

Thanks for your vote, Jackie.

[visions of Ali J'olson running through my brain-e]

#156538 - 03/04/06 11:11 PM Re: number i)
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-joe vacant as the wind friday

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