6 Minute English - The language of biscuits

Rob and Neil talk about the origins and the language of this humble snack.

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Hello, this is 6 Minute English from BBC learning English. I'm nail and I rub in this program were talking about biscuits biscuits subject. Very close to my heart something important to me and that interest me. You are a biscuit, Sarah off the roll. And in the UK many of us love to nibble these sweet treats and we have lots of names for them to yes. We have the chocolate digestive the Garibaldi the custard cream and the Jimmy Doja. It's making my mouth water into any biscuits today instead. We'll be looking at the origins and the language of this humble snack. And before we do that rub. Let's test your knowledge of biscuits with a question the British on the only found in which country are the roszaks traditionally eaten. Is it in a Serie B, Morocco or see Spain?

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Syria okay. I'll reveal the right answer later on. But now let's talk more about biscuits. Also sometimes known as cookies. They come in all shapes and sizes and varieties. They can be sweet or savory but I prefer the sweet ones. That's a crisp crunchy and how good for dunking in Mighty dunking means dipping into a liquid for a short. Of time but enough about your eating habits rub, let's find out how the Biscuit Goes its name. It's something the BBC Radio full programme would have mouth has been exploring Laura Wright historical language from the University of Cambridge explains its Origins.

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From Latin VSCO Cam twice-cooked and it comes to us via anglo-norman French, but it's spread that's been cooked twice to extract all the moisture so that it goes hard and it'll stay fit for consumption for a long time. Just why you can take it to see and how did Seabiscuit from the 1500 least. We spell hundreds. We started to prefer the French spelling for reasons of Punta Salinas.

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So the English word for biscuits has its origins in Latin. It describes cooking bread twice to make it hard this baking process meant a biscuit could be kept for a long time. But as dr. Wright said it would stay fit for consumption another way of saying edible able to be eaten. That's why they were taken on Long sea voyages, but they weren't like the biscuits. We know they were playing simple and very hard baked interesting ly the word biscuit used to be spelled v i s k e t but the French spelling b i s c u i t was later adopted biscuits are handy go to smack for when I'm hungry or bored. But how did biscuits become such a popular food stuff? And how did we come to the end of them so much hit something anastasiya Edwards author of biscuits and cookies a global history talked about in the word of mouth program. Listen to the word. She uses to me.

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one key fox in the right spot. It's a biscuit is meal times before the Industrial Revolution. People have Alicia breakfast in a know your supper by the end of the Industrial Revolution breakfast is months earlier. The evening meal is much later. So you've got this big gap of time where people need sustenance and to lunch comes to Greater prominence on teeth when it comes to Greater prominence and smacking. So there's this great opportunity for really really biscuit something smaller something ready something easily consumable not expensive in a bit of a sugar rush.

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Right. So it was the Industrial Revolution that led to the rise. That's the increase in the popularity of biscuits because the time between breakfast and dinner in the evening increased people go hungry and they needed food to give them energy. What kind of Stasia cooled sustenance became important or more well-known. It had greater prominence and this included snacking on biscuits. These were cheap and easily consumable easy and quick to eat and because of their ingredients they gave you a sugar rush a quick loss of energy across now, we just get it anytime and because of that sugar content we know to only eat them in moderation rug, I think a packet a day is fine but a whole box. Well, that would really take the biscuits take the biscuit good Indian their raabta may not be the most foolish annoying or surprising thing to do but now

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Let's find out the answer to my quiz question earlier. I asked which country are Barons extradition with Asian in Syria. Was I right see where well done. You are a smart cookie thoracic biscuits filled with roasted sesame seeds and pistachio chips. I would love to try some. Okay. Well, we've been discussing the language of biscuits and mentioned some of these words Duncan describes dipping something like a biscuit into liquid for a short. Of time describing something as being fit for consumption means it's edible, which is another one of our words and it means it can be eaten sustenance is another word for food and something that has Providence is important or more well-known and when you get a sugar rush you get a quick blast of energy from unsurprisingly eating something containing lots of sugar. Okay? Well, we only get 6 minutes for this program. That's the way the cookie crumbles so

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