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Lentil Soup and Lent

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Fish and Bread, Feb 27, 2009.

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  1. Fish and Bread

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    Do these have anything to do with each other? It's a vegetarian soup, and the names are kind of similar, so I had an inkling that perhaps the name was somehow derived from the soup being popular during Lent. There are some kind of beans in there, I think (Lentil beans?), so it would have some protein to it, making it a good soup for when you aren't getting your protein from meat.

    I couldn't find anything on Google, though, so it might all just be one big coincidence. :)
     
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  2. coastalwanderer

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    Absolutely a coincidence beyond all doubt!

    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lentil
    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Lent

    If there was a connection it would almost certainly be evident in the words used for these terms in other languages (kind of like how the name for "Ladybirds" - or as I think you say in the USA "Ladybugs" has explicitly Christian, or Marian references in many other languages...)/ As far as I know (with a deep knowledge of a few European languages, and a more superficial acquaintance with many others) it is not so...
     
  3. Mikeb85

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    Coincidence. The latin name for Lentil is Lens culinaris, because, well, the legume itself looks like a lens. Also, in french, lenses are called 'lentilles'. Odds are the english word 'Lentil' is derived from the french word for lens...

    That being said, Lentil soup is indeed a great food for lent.
     
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