This week’s obscure English word is poltophagy. It means the act of chewing food until it is reduced to a porridge-like consistency.
This was once popular in the late nineteenth century and into the early twentieth, when US food writer Horace Fletcher advocated chewing each mouthful more than 30 times. This, he insisted, could cure everything from alcoholism to obesity. The fad was known sometimes as ‘Fletcherism’ or often ‘chew chew’, which was probably better than what happened to Fletcher himself: he became known as the ‘great masticator’. I keep thinking that it was probably intended as a homonym.
Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments using this word.
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