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Long pig

Long pig is an antiquated term for human flesh, eaten by cannibals. Purportedly, the term long pig is a translation of a phrase used in the Pacific Islands for human flesh intended for consumption. Early explorers and missionaries who contacted cannibal Pacific Islanders were told that human flesh tasted similar to pork, thus the term long pig. According to Google's Ngram Viewer, the popularity of the phrase long pig was greatest from the 1880s to 1920s, a time when many Pacific Islanders were … [Read more...]

Spake

Spake is the past tense of speak, it is an archaic term that is no longer used except in overwrought poetry and for comic effect. According to Google's Ngram, the popularity of the word spake soared and dipped through the seventeenth century until its use began a steady drop-off in the eighteenth century. Today, the use of spake is nearly non-existent. Spoke is the much preferred past tense of speak, related words are speaks, speaking, spoken and the adjective speakable and noun speaker. … [Read more...]

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