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Prehistoric Europeans Used Spices
2013-08-22 10:51:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While today’s cutting-edge chefs use liquid nitrogen and futuristic food additives to achieve a desired effect, cooks have been manipulating meals as far back as the hunter-gatherer days. According to a new discovery being reported this week in the journal PLOS ONE, prehistoric chefs in modern day Denmark and Germany used mustard garlic as a food spice at least 6,000 years ago. Study researchers say tests on ancient pottery shards...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'