The Names of British Foods

The following list comes from the wonderfully silly book Gastronaut, by Stefan Gates. In this book, he poses the theory that British Food is looked down upon, not because the food is bad, but rather because of the rather unfortunate names.

Consider the following (and points will be given to those who can describe each dish and/or food product).

  • Aberdeen Nips
  • Beef Cecils
  • Black Pudding
  • Bubble and Squeak
  • Clapshot
  • Cullen Skink
  • Dean’s Cream
  • Fitless Cock
  • Flummery
  • Girdle Sponges
  • Hob Nobs
  • Huffkins
  • Hunter’s Buns
  • Love in Disguise
  • Inky Pinky
  • Knickerbocker Glory
  • Marmite
  • Priddy Oggies
  • Scouse
  • Singing Hinnies
  • Slot
  • Spotted Dick
  • Toad-in-the-hole
  • Wet Nelly
  • Wow-Wow Sauce

Let it be known that I am a fan of some British foods (although, for the life of me I don’t understand the desire for Heinz peas or Baked beans). I’ve eaten several of the above items, and have enjoyed all of them.

But the names? When comparing two dishes, one named Mousse au chocolat and one named Spotted Dick, which sounds more appetizing? Are there any theories as to why British foods are named the way they are?

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