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Fry's English Delight

Posted by RRC on August 25, 2009 at 18:35

In Reply to: Fry's English Delight posted by ESC on August 25, 2009 at 17:03:

: : The last episode in Stephen Fry's radio series on language went out on the BBC today, complete with a small contribution from me. It was based on the various greeting words we have in English, notably 'hello'. The programme is online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00m68s5/Frys_English_Delight_Series_2_Hallo!/ if you fancy a listen.

: : The series title is a nice pun for us here in the UK. Less so if Fry's Turkish Delight chocolate bars aren't sold where you live.

: That is so cool! (Turkish Taffy, but no Turkish Delight where I live.)

Much much less so, it brings a bad taste and memories of bitter bitter disappointment. I like to refer to Turkish delight "C. S. Lewis's cruel, cruel joke on American children".
Americans like their candy sweet and not flavored with flowers (Fry's is rose) or tree sap (mastic). Dipping said anti-candy in chocolate to take one by surprise is completely unfair. Also, finding an unknown green hard bit can be rather scary. Even if you like pistachios, they don't stay particularly fresh during overseas shipping even when embedded in an art eraser-like material.