Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 12:33:51 +0900
Subject: Re: mebos and zori

The underwhelming response to my mebos query was not a surprise. I had
never heard the word myself, so I didn't expect a lot of other people
(especially fellow North Americans) to be familiar with it.

I did find the word in a 'net search. It comes up on the shopping page
of a company that sells food to South African ex-pats in Australia, for
example. (I suppose in a country where people eat vegamite, you have to
import food!) It also appears on a page of "Rhodesians Worldwide".
This seems to go along with what OED says, and indicates that the term
(1) is used in southern Africa, and (2) isn't used much outside of that
area. This brings us back to the "zori" idea in which we had a loanword
which is a regionalism in the receiving language.

Danny Long

P.S. Apologies to the Australians I've offended. I understand from
Aussie friends that y'all don't care much for peanut butter either.
Daniel Long, Associate Professor NEW tel +81-6-723-8297
Japanese Language Research Center NEW fax +81-6-723-8302
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