BISCUIT BONE vs BRISKET BONE; the correct one goes to....
I understand this is trending on social media that "It is brisket bone not biscuit bone" and almost everyone including many graduates and educated people see it as correct.
But it is a wrong "correction".
Brisket is meat gotten from chest of animals. It is not a bone. In cattle, the brisket region has no bone so the muscles there support the weight of the animal and over time become very thick.
Here is definition of Btisket on Wikipedia:
"Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. The beef brisket is one of the nine beef primal cuts, though the precise definition of the cut differs internationally. The brisket muscles include the superficial and deep pectorals. As cattle do not have collar bones, these muscles support about 60% of the body weight of standing/moving cattle. This requires a significant amount of connective tissue, so the resulting meat must be cooked correctly to tenderize the connective tissue."
|Brisket of cattle in diagram. Source: Wikipedia|
What Nigerians call "Biscuit Bone" is any bone from any part of an animal, eg leg, ear, ribs etc that is soft and crunchy to eat.
For those who argue that we should not say biscuit bone simple because it is not in the dictionary should know that the dictionary was created out of people's languages and popularly used coinage of words by the people, not the other way round.
"Google", "Tweet", "chilax", "yankee" and many other words have been inducted into the dictionary just in recent years and more are being added yearly.
Trying to convince Nigerians not to say Biscuit bone is like trying to convince all of them not to use the popular parlance "Copa" used to refer to corp members or tell us to stop "Garri" because it is not in the dictionary.
The primary purpose of speaking remains to communicate and not to show off.
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