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  • I had hoped to preserve a few gullet-words in oil, wrapping them up in very clean straw (as we do with snow and ice); but Pantagruel would not allow it, saying that it was madness to pickle something that was never lacking and always to hand as are gullet-words amongst all good and merry Pantagruelists.

    Chapter 56 of Gargantua and Pantagruel by Rabelais describes frozen words that may be warmed in the hands and then heard. Among these were so-called gullet-words such as hing, hisse, brededing, brededac, frr, frrr, bou, ong, ououououong, Gog, magog, "and who knows what other barbarous words".

    October 3, 2014