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Subj: Scurvy-related maybe. Y'know all stereotypes have a grain of truth to them.
Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 at 07:29:03 am EST
Reply Subj: Does anyone know how the stereotype about British/Irish teeth was started? *NT*
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 at 09:49:49 pm EST

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How do you think they start? I know that's not politically correct, but it's true. Nowadays I'm sure British people have lovely teeth, but in the 19th century and earlier when some would go on boats for months at a time with little supplies and even less hygeine, I'm sure their mouths were filled with rot. Proper dental care was not at the top of their list; survival was. However, since scurvy could eventually be fatal, many British sailors did suck on limes to get essiential vitamin-C.... hence another British stereotype/name began... limeys.


-M