The Etymology of the Word "Yogurt"
As you may know, yogurt is an ancient food with ties to various cultures -- and the name of this food is no different. Untangle the history of the dairy product in Bon Appetit's Eat Your Words column.
Once the word made its way to English, though, the going got a little choppy. The first written mention of the gloopy stuff comes in 1625, when a travel writer named Samuel Purchas noted that the Turks don't "eate much Milke, except it bee made sower, which they call Yoghurd." And then we were off to the races: by the 1800s, people were writing of "yahourt," "yaghourt," "yaghourt," "yogurd," "yoghourt," "yooghort," and "yughard," and even Evelyn Waugh, in his 1925 novel A Handful of Dust, had a character gobbling "her morning yoghourt." Without an Academie Francaise-style language dictatorship to keep English in line, stealing words from non-Latin alphabets inevitably gets kind of messy.
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