False Etymology: Munchies


A major-label Japanese hip-popper, naturally interested in the flora of 420 A.D. C.E., once informed me that the term “munchies” comes from the Japanese expression himan chuui (肥満注意): “be careful that you do not become obese.” I explained the probable English derivation, and he conceded that his trusted volume on the plant taima was regrettably misinformed.

W. David MARX
November 25, 2007

W. David Marx (Marxy) — Tokyo-based writer and musician — is the founder and chief editor of Néojaponisme.

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