Thursday, March 20, 2008

Pork (Not Politically Correct)

I'm a vegetarian. That poses a challenge when I travel or live in an area where meat is a large part of the local diet. One way I address the situation is to learn the word for 'meat' so that I can say I don't eat it or that I'm allergic to it.

The word for meat in Mandarin is rou (fourth tone). When talking about meat it is best to be specific - jirou (chicken), niurou (beef), yangrou (mutton).

The word for pork is zhurou. It is pronounced jew-rou.

I find that incredibly ironic. Kosher food laws prohibit observant Jews from eating pork.

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