17 April 2009

Question of the day - 17 April 2009

From which language does the word curry come?

De quelle langue le mot curry vient-il?

1 comment:

Skibbereen Eagle said...

Ha! Ha! Probably know this one as one of my Wallahs is Tamil. The word curry is generally believed to be an anglicised version of the Tamil word kari. It is usually understood to mean "gravy" or "sauce", rather than "spices". However the cast iron skillet in which it was served is also called a karahi in Punjabi / Hindi, so take you pick, either way it's a good run for the money!

In Cockney rhyming slang it is called a Ruby as in the singer Ruby MURRAY, as the bit which does rhyme is hidden, just to confuse the French. It is important to mention this as it has nothing to do with the question!