Tuesday, April 15, 2008
CHA, TEA, TE', CHAI,? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
Across the globe, the most common beverage after water, has many many names. It is fascinating to me to see, hear, and learn about these different names from different regions. Some of them sound similar to the name for tea of other regions not so close to them, and some of them are completely different. I love the diversity, enough to share with you. You may not ever use these other words for tea, then again, you might (at least impress your friends with them--okay, I sense the eye roll and the, "Oh please!"). Regardless, I think you'll think it's a little interesting. You'll also recognize them when you see them if you see them in magazines, on T.V., on packaging, or when you go outside the U.S. Let's go and find out what in the world people are calling our favorite liquid refresher.
Te (Malayan Derivations)
TAY-European English or certain British dialects
T'E-Chinese (Amoy dialect)
CH'A-Chinese (Mandarin dialect-also origin of tea terms found in other languages)
(Every language's word for tea has its origin in either of the Chinese words above)
TE-Danish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
TEE-Finish, German, Korean
THEA-Generic, Latin, Scientific
Ch'a (Cantonese Derivations)
CHA-Hindu, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese
CAJ (CHAY)-Czech, Turkish
Got lots of my information from nobleharbor.com among other sources.
Don't forget--for this months's tea drawing, we're giving away a genuine bag (or box) of Charleston, SC Tea Plantation tea. Can't wait. We'll be sipping and sampling it together, as I've never tasted this one before either. Leave me a comment at the bottom of this post (if you haven't already), letting me know you want to be entered.
Now go and have yourself a cup of whichever of those words above you want to use.