In all my years in Kansas City I’ve always been puzzled by how local businesses describe Irish sausages.
They say things like “Full Irish breakfast with rashers and bangers”, and “the Irish sausage - the banger”, or just the plain old “bangers are what Irish people call sausages”.
Enough of this rubbish.
If you told somebody in Ireland they were having a breakfast that included rashers and bangers, they would be expecting small fireworks next to the bacon.
While “the Irish sausage - the banger” does include nice use of the definite article, double use no less, Irish sausages are “sausages”. That’s what we call them. Sausages, not bangers, sausages.
Bangers are not what people in Ireland call sausages, they are what some people in Britain, in some circumstances only - notably in the dish “Bangers & Mash” - call sausages.
People in Ireland only refer to sausages as bangers when they are referring to English people talking about sausages.
I’ve no idea how this started, except that people in a desperate attempt to understand all things Irish, blur what is Ireland into what is Scotland, England and Wales as if there are no differences. There is much in common between our countries and maybe Irish people are hypocritical and convenient at times about the similarities, but that doesn’t mean the differences that exist should be ignored.
Sometimes people just try too hard. It rarely works.
The next time a waiter or waitress in KC tells me what we in Ireland call sausages, I’m going to correct them; I’m going to tell them we call them Roman Candles.
Don’t take my word for this - research it. Nothing says your food isn’t Irish like telling Irish people they call it something they don’t.
If this seems like an unreasonable rant - just imagine how I felt last week in a restaurant in KC as I, a native of Dublin, heard a personal favourite, the classic Dublin dish of coddle, introduced to me as “a broccoli soup”. It made my blood boil - which I think is how you make an authentic Irish black pudding.
Another day. Another day.
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