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Divinity Origins

Someone asked about the origin of divinity candy, and as I looked it up, the first words I came across were these:

“Candy. A term derived from the Arabic qandi, meaning a sugar confection.” That’s in the Oxford Companion to Food. Much much more on candy at Food Timeline.

I have never heard that word used for sweets – is it still used?

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December 24, 2006 - Posted by | Blogging, Cooking, Cross Cultural, Language

1 Comment »

  1. wow – this is a new one for me! I only know 7helwiyat, sweets, for candi. Even my dictionary is stumped by qandi. However, wordreference.com, my favorite word nerd site, has a very interesting discussion on qandi and whether it is truly of Arabic origin (and also on its possible relationship to the qand of Samarkand):

    http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=185415.

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | December 24, 2006 | Reply


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