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    to prepare heating food

    chien-jiet: to prepare heating food

    The above is quoted from an Amoy-English Dictioanry. The author of the dictionary comes from the UK. Chien-jiet is Amoy. What does to prepare heating food mean?
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    Re: to prepare heating food

    It's not proper English. I'd guess that it means "to prepare hot food" or "to prepare food by heating".
    Are you sure that's how it's written, eg. not "to prepare/heating food" or something else?

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    Re: to prepare heating food

    I am very sure that's how it's written because I have the dicitonary, which was published in 1923. The author is a well-educated missionary. He is a native speaker of English. Thomas Barclay (missionary)
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    Re: to prepare heating food

    Then I'd assume that in 1923, British missionaries called food that was to be heated before eating "heating food".
    Is this the most up-to-date Amoy-English dictionary you can find?

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    Re: to prepare heating food

    I have more up-to-date Amoy-English dictionaries. I am a native speaker of Amoy. I know the Amoy phrase chien-jiet means to fry until the food is hot. The English phrase to prepare heating food is beyond me, though I am a teacher of English.
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    Re: to prepare heating food

    It's beyond me, too.

    No disrespect to the well-meaning missionary of 90 years ago, but his fields of expertise seem not to have included faultless lexicography.

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    Re: to prepare heating food

    And there may have been issues with the printing if it was done locally by non-native speakers.

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