Words for Today: “Anthropophagy” and “Uck”

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Unlikely to come up in polite conversation, but maybe on Jeopardy or just to brag, the Random House Dictionary 2010 defines anthropophagy as, “the eating of human flesh; cannibalism.” Michael Pollan, in his book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma (a Words for Today Recommended Read), discusses, among other things that cattle being fed a mix of products which sometimes include cattle is not anthropophagic to be sure (with the human use of the term), but, “eck (and not Eck, the “German Roman Catholic theologian who opposed the reforms of Martin Luther and procured from Rome the papal bull that declared Luther a heretic”—courtesy Random House Dictionary 2010), but more like “Uck!” I’m not hungry now.

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