Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 28 19:18:18 UTC 2013

What about "leeks" and the ubiquitous Dutch "lekker".


On 4/28/2013 9:06 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> On Apr 28, 2013, at 4:18 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 4:47 AM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at>wrote:
>>> Oddly enough, in East European countries this
>>> is not even considered "alternative medicine"--it's a common treatment
>>> for the common cold, among others.
>> I've known what cupping was at least as long as I've known of the medicinal
>> use of leeches (_lekarstvo_, wherein _lek_ has the same root as "leech,"
>> right, Victor)
> As do "lexicon", "legend", "legal", "logic", etc.  Those leeches get around!
> --LH, who recently survived a series of phlebotomy (bloodletting) treatments that no longer involve leeches per se
>> - since 1945? - and People's article is the first ascription
>> of the treatment to the Inscrutable East that I've ever come across.
>> --
>> -Wilson

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