Kevin Winker ffksw at UAF.EDU
Mon Jan 5 11:10:15 CST 2004

Dear Heike et al.,

     The thread on teosinte/teocintle causes me to wonder why the first "l" in
chilpotle has been increasingly excised the farther one gets from rural
Veracruz. For those who don't know this wonderful smoked ripe jalapeno
(available dried or canned), I recommend that you avail yourselves of a
culinary delight (in the U.S. I've only seen it as 'chipotle'). This and other
words make me wonder how fast it's acceptable to cause change in words just
because we choose to use them in English. Some, like this one, seem to be
changed with a rude abruptness. Meme taxonomists?

Kevin Winker
University of Alaska Museum
907 Yukon Drive
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
ffksw at

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