Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Can You Spare Some Change

The other day I was reading a book about sushi, because I work at an Asian restaurant and it was there. The author of the book was obsessed with traditional sushi, and decided more than once to go off on tangents about how any deep fried sushi is not sushi. Now, if you have not had the opportunity to eat a deep fried sushi roll I suggest you stop reading and find a restaurant that serves it and go eat it. If you discover that it is not the greatest thing you ever put in your mouth, then please leave a comment on what exactly could be better. Anyways, his entire point was that sushi is raw fish and therefore cooking it was some sort of abomination of the foodstuff.
Change tastes soooo good
This example is a perfect representation of our feelings towards change, especially in the cultural arena. A couple weeks back, I wrote an article about how our understanding of the word irony has changed. This is not anywhere close to the first instance of a words meaning changing over time, and yet every time a word changes or alters meaning there is backlash from the community. About a year ago I read an article about how the New York Times editors decided not to use the word "tweet," but rather the extended form "posted on twitter," because apparently not everyone understands what tweeting is, which of course makes no sense because if "posted to TWITTER" makes sense to you then "tweet," most likely also would. It was simply an issue of a new word joining the cultural lexicon and someone found issue with this. I don't know the current standing on the "tweet" verbiage issue at the NYT, because I stopped paying attention to the news.
Now that is what I call precious! Or breakfast!!!
My point is pretty simple, things change. In the case of language, no group sat down made all the words and grammatical rules we have today. Those terms and rules have evolved over time, and this is why they frequently make no fucking sense. Food has evolved in pretty in your face ways, we think of Italian food as Pasta and Tomato sauces, which of course come from Asian and the America's respectively. No one sat down and invented all the thousands of permutations of sushi, it started as one thing and evolved to add new ingredients, news forms of presentation, and the addition of a deep fryer.
Even cats do it!
So next time you hear someone bitching about how something has strayed so far from the traditional, cock your hand back and slap them, if that doesn't work, then just kick them in the scrotum and move on with your day.

And in conclusion, the Sushi Chef who played the role of catalyst for this rant, was a white American man. I am not saying anything against his abilities, but I prefer my pizza made by Italians, my perogies by the Polish, bakalava and dolmas from a Greek, and my sushi from a Japanese man. Probably because I am racist, or whatever -ist that makes me.

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