"barbecue pit"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Aug 13 16:34:01 UTC 2008

On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 2:06 AM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
> I don't recall the name of the wag who noted that in China, they call
> Chinese food just "food". BB

The joke appeared in the first season of "Friends" ("The One Where
Rachel Finds Out," aired May 18, 1995), but I'm sure it was already a
pretty old observation at that point.

Joey: Move on. Go to China. Eat Chinese food.
Chandler: Of course there, they just call it food.

--Ben Zimmer

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