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13:18 Apr 5, 2004
English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / title in mosque
English term or phrase:goat's tongue
She dug her fingernail into the overhang of his belly. "Some hokery-pokery. I can smell it-like goat's tongue gone off."
This is from Chapter 6 of White Teeth by Smith Zadie. I do not quite catch the meaning of this passage, particularly that of hokery-pokery and goat's tongue . Thank you in advance.
Explanation: goat's tongue is a culinary speciality of the islamic world. The goat's head is cook, (with the tongue), it is in these hot countries one way to preserve meat. Sometimes, it goes off very quickly and there is a strong heavy and pungent characteristic smell. Hence the reference in your text