Used outside Canada?
Is this word ever used outside of Canada? I use it all the time, but it always seems to baffle foreigners. --Bran
Yes, the word is often used correctly... However, it would seem that some people are a little obsessed with the fictional work Dune, which refers to a drug as mélange. —This unsigned comment was added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) at 12:58, 10 August 2007 (UTC).
Bill Moyers' usage
For the record, I am pretty sure I heard Bill Moyers earlier today on PBS on his Moyers & Company program in a long interview with Luis Alberto Urrea, use melange in a similar sense to the way it exists in Dune. Are we sure the term does not predate Dune? Or is Moyers (wittingly or unwittingly) coining a new word? Regardless, the apparent meaning of the usage in this instance seemed to be like the spice melange, only in an abstract sense, in other words, to mean any nearly priceless/possibly-mythical commodity being singularly sought out by the men of an age or geological setting. --126.96.36.199 21:04, 6 May 2012 (UTC)
- Will be in this (http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-between-two-worlds-life-on-the-border/) video (which I was only able to find via a link on another site! Other than Moyer's that is) --188.8.131.52 09:29, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
- EDITED: So for example. In this (hypothetical) usage; the caterpillar fungus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_sinensis) as featured in Summer Pasture (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1566405/) would be an example of "melange"; only except you would unlikely use the word itself as the usage is abstract, and caterpillar fungus is concrete.--184.108.40.206 09:36, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
- I originally posted this. In retrospect it's probably unclear the intended meaning. Moyer's could well have just meant a concoction of valuable resources, minerals etc., but if so it was not a very well articulated notion. A colourful way to say "or whatever" perhaps. Either way it's inclusive.--220.127.116.11 12:09, 22 November 2012 (UTC)