Gingers have no soul, so they say

1 min read    30 Jun 2017    

So, I’m waching Doctor Who S05 wherein the Doctor’s companion is Ginger, Karen Gillan. DW S05

What an adrak looks like

Actual ginger

So I’m making tea and adding adrak to it while I wonder, is adrak called ginger or garlic. Since gingers have red hair, I assumed adrak shouldn’t be ginger, it should be garlic. But isn’t garlic used to ward off vampires according to superstitions? So adrak has to be ginger. But ginger isn’t red, why are pale, red headed humans called gingers?

A helpful website called gingerparrot (Oh, the coincidence) helped me out.

A human, characterized by pale skin, freckles and bright red hair. ‘Gingers’ are generally considered to be inferior to their more melanin-rich brethren, and thus deservingly discriminated against. Gingers are thought to have no souls. The condition, “gingervitis” is genetic and incurable.

That’s harsh.

According to gingerparrot, cooks used ginger (the food) to add a certain kick to food, and they saw a similar fiary attitude in gingers (the people) as well. Also, amongst the 60’s TV drama were two celebrated actresses, Mary Ann and Ginger(that’s her actual stage name) - who were pale, with red brown hair. I presume the actress name’s was the major point of explosion of the usage of the word. Does Google support the same hypothesis?

Interactive version

Hmm, there is indeed a growth of the word ginger since 1960, and never fell. Maybe I’m right. Or maybe its maybelline.

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