(Although this is mainly a linguistic issue I chose to post it here for obvious reasons.)
To my question of what the Armenian word for chocolate is
Very good Zartonk. Except that you are speaking English (chaklet) while those in Yerevan seem to speak French shokolat, or Russian- шоколадный (okoládnyj) .
So, what is the Armenian word for that delicacy?
Only a few of us may have known this-ՏՈՒՐՄ tourm Huh!!
What is the origin and etymology of that word. No one seems to know. Even Ajarian gives up and says - it must a be new fangled word that is used by some writers with no explanation.
I was about to shred and burn all those dictionaries, I may still, when they say that chocolate is from Aztec. It may be true….
My initial instinct was that chocolat(t) (shokola) was an original French word to mean cocoa/cacao and lait-milk ) just as the Spanish cacao+latte, կակաո*** կաթ/ կաթնա կակաո?. I still maintain except that, in the light of the Aztec xocolatl I must reconsider and see if the French is not retrofitted. I have one more argument. Even if many sites point to South America as the home of Cocoa, we know well that West Africa is the main producer, as seen in the above story from Yerevan that the beans were imported from Ghana.
Chocolate (pronounced /ˈtʃɒklɨt/ (￼ listen) or /ˈtʃɒkəlɨt/) comprises a number of raw and processed foods produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, Central and South America, with its earliest documented use around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs, who made it into a beverage known as xocolātl, a Nahuatl word meaning "bitter water". The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavor.
Btw. What do people in Yerevan call hot chocolate?
**We all take those official dictionaries at their word, no matter how popularly and politically biased they may be, as when they say a certain word is furkish. My paperbound Websters says that the word heathen is from the Armenian hetanos (ethnos). Since amended.
*** And further more. Why are those gago-heads in Yerevan spelling it կակաո? When the entire Latin world writes "cacao". Would it not translitrate to «գագաո» where the C = Գ ?? OK , OK I know the russkis write "kakao".
Edited by Arpa, 14 September 2010 - 02:45 AM.