That is an interesting theory, but it’s certainly not the consensus view, right? I don’t know if there is data they have they’re not presenting in that paper but at first glance it seems pretty speculative. And it has errors. Colombia is not in Central America, and Sichuan pepper is not a capsicum. It’s Zanthoxylum. The fact that you can find…
Yeah, there is actually some intense debate as to whether or not the Scoville scale can measure other things that might make you feel the same way, but I like to come down on the “no” side and for the purposes of this article it makes it easier. Also, piperine and capsaicin both cause similar feelings, but they do work differently (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8890298).
Yep, it’s 100% true, since we very carefully delineated the word “spicy” from “spice” and explained exactly what we meant, I have been to India, India rules, invite me back there for some Indian food, and if it has some spicy peppers that were originally from the Western hemisphere, even better.
You’re not wrong, of course people speak variants of Malay on the mainland, but like most others I consider it a peninsula / archipelago language (the Malay Peninsula is called that for a reason) and you’re right, Thailand was never colonized directly, I did not say so and never would.
thank you vinay, the article states quite clearly the history everyone knows, that Western Europeans were trying to find “spices” in “The Indies” and found Latin America, and chilis, a new “spice” by accident
You are 100% right, “spices” existed before Eurasian civilizations came in contact with Latin America, or “spicy” capsicum peppers. But I’m curious how that you had the time to comment but somehow missed the paragraph from the article that says exactly that:
Lol thank you so much for your Wikipedia-fueled response to my quick summary of the language I now speak daily. Having “essentially no grammar” is not a knock, and I am using the term “grammar” here in the sense that an English speaker would normally understand it — that is, correctly. I LIKE that the meaning is generated between the words and…