[Ads-l] nose to tail: update

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 7 23:56:26 UTC 2018

Yesterday, the The Wall Street Journal published a story titled "Barbecued Beef Heart Anyone? Offal Enjoys Its Foodie Moment” (https://on.wsj.com/2MTucyd <https://on.wsj.com/2MTucyd>, Benjamin Parkin) talking about the movement to consume all body parts of animals:

Exponents of “nose-to-tail” eating are driving up demand for animal parts long dismissed by many Americans as icky.

The English OLD has "nose to tail" (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/nose_to_tail <https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/nose_to_tail>) as a phrase meaning “bumper-to-bumper”. Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nose_to_tail <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nose_to_tail>) supplements that definition with: “Entirely, from head to toe.” It has an example of vultures eating a zebra nose to tail.

According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Whole_Beast <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Whole_Beast>), “Nose to Tail Eating: A King of British Cooking” was released in 1999. This appears to be the earliest appearance of this phrase to refer to carnivorous consumption.

The Atlas Obscura (https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/faggots <https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/faggots>) also has an article on faggots, which it says are gaining in popularity due to the nose-to-tail movement. Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faggot_(food)) <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faggot_(food))> does not offer an American English equivalence for the food.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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