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Posted: 05 March 2008 02:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Getting back to Triscuits for a moment, and stepping carefully around the bearpit that is the different meanings of “biscuit” in Leftpondia and Rightpondia, is there any sense in which these things are “thrice cooked”, in the way that biscuits ought etymologically to be “twice cooked”, or do they wander so far up the “etymology is not destiny” path that their name is a mere marketing person’s whim indicating nothing more than a family relationship, as in Bis Cuit and his brother Tris?

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Posted: 05 March 2008 07:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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The oracle at wiki says:

“To make Triscuits today, the wheat is first cooked in water until its moisture content reaches about 50%. It is then tempered, allowing moisture to diffuse evenly into the grain. The grain then passes through a set of rollers with grooves in one side, yielding a web of shredded wheat strands.

Many webs are stacked together, and this moist stack of strands is crimped at regular intervals to produce individual pieces of cereal with the strands attached at each end. These then go into an oven, where they are baked until their moisture content is reduced to five percent.”

BTW, this exact same blurb is used in the Shredded Wheat entry. No surprise there, eh?

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Posted: 05 March 2008 07:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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As far as I can tell, Triscuit production involves only two cooking steps: moist cooking of the wheat before shredding, and baking after the crackers are formed. [pipped by happydog, there] I think the name is just a marketing coinage, possibly intended to suggest that Triscuits are “one better” than biscuits (or the next step in the progress of baked goods), but not that they are thrice-cooked.  For that matter, most American biscuits are not twice-cooked, and the etymological meaning of that name is not widely known.

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Posted: 08 May 2017 10:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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I came across this recently which seems relevant to the discussion. The link at the end is also interesting though they don’t directly address the drug/cereal box, etc claims. You can see the problems if you change the terms:

Prayer prevents/cures cancer.
Prayer can help prevent/cure cancer.

A lot of it depends on whether you are already receptive to the claims (except in the case of prayer cures cancer which can be tested). Acupuncture, reiki and homeopathy, for example, rely on it.

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