Mr Miacca is an English of the type, where adults tell stories of imaginary beings to frighten children into behaving in a certain way. In the story, a boy diss his mother and twice finds himself about to be cooked for Mr Miacca’s dinner. He gets away the first time by tricking Mrs Miacca, but the second time Mr Miacca has other ideas.
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Our source for Mr Miacca was a children’s book called English Fairy Stories by Australian folktale collector Joseph Jacobs, first published in 1890. The book can be downloaded in various forms from Project Gutenberg here. An is available from Librivox here.
Jacobs collected many of his stories by interviewing people about folktales they had heard as a child. He wrote that this one came from a woman who’s mother had told it to her more than 40 years earlier. He admits to changing the ending of the story. In the original, the boy liked to wood and just happened to have a carved wooden leg in his pocket. Jacobs thought that this was too much of a , even for a folk-tale. However, I am not sure that his ending is any more believable. It also seems that Mr Miacca wasn’t just a bad guy. As well as ing bad children by eating them, he is said to have rewarded good children by leaving gifts. The woman who told Jacobs the story remembered a time in her childhood when she thought she saw Mr. Miacca (in the form of a passing shadow) after he had left her such a gift.
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(n: folktale pl folktales) A story that is part of the traditions of a group of people and was handed down in spoken form before books and printing. (นิทานชาวบ้าน) 9000
(adj: folk) Of or relating to the traditions of the common people of a country or region. (เกี่ยวกับขนบประเพณีของชาวบ้าน) 2000
(n: tale pl tales) A story about real or imaginary events; an exciting or dramatic story that may not be completely true. (นิทาน) 3000
(n: bogyman pl bogymen) An imaginary monster or bad person, used by adults or older children to frighten bad children into good behavior. (ปีศาจในจินตนาการที่ใช้ขู่เด็กๆ) 12000
(v: obey, obeys, obeyed, obeying) To do what someone tells you to do or what a rule, law, etc., says you must do. (เชื่อฟัง) 5000
The opposite of obey (to not do what you are told to do) is 'disobey'.
(v: cook, cooks, cooked, cooking) To prepare (food) for eating by using heat. (ทำอาหาร) 1000
(n: dinner pl dinners) 1. The main meal of the day, usually eaten in the evening. Is it time for dinner yet? (อาหารมื้อเย็น) 2. A formal party in the evening, when such a meal is eaten. They asked me to dinner. He was the guest of honor at the dinner. (งานเลี้ยงอาหารค่ำ) 1000
(n: meat pl meats) The flesh of animals or birds used as food. She doesn't eat meat. A piece/slice of meat. (เนื้อสัตว์) 2000
(n: Mr / Mister pl Messrs) A title used before the name or names of a man or before some office that he holds. Mr Jones. Mr President. (นาย) 1000
(n: Mrs pl Mrs or Mesdames) A title used before the name or names of a married woman. Mrs Jones. (นาง) 1000
(n: pot pl pots) A deep, round container that is used in cooking, for holding food, liquids etc, or for growing plants. (หม้อ) 2000
(n: taste pl tastes) 1. The sweet, sour, bitter, or salty quality [= flavor] of a thing that you can sense when it is in your mouth. (รสชาติ) 2. A small amount of food or drink that you have in order to see how it tastes. (การชิม) 3. A liking or preference. (ความชอบ) 2000
(prep, conj: until) Up to the time of or when. He was here until one o'clock. I won't know until I get a letter from him. (จนกระทั่ง) 1000
(n: vegetable pl vegetables) A plant or plant part that is eaten as food. The doctor said I should eat more fruits and vegetables. 2000
(v: wait, waits, waited, waiting) To remain or stay in the same place or without doing anything. Wait here for two minutes while I go inside. I'm waiting for John. (คอย; รอคอย) 1000
(v: boil, boils, boiled, boiling) 1. To heat a liquid (or a container with liquid in it) so that bubbles are formed and rise to the top. I'm boiling water to make coffee. 2. To cook by boiling. I've boiled some eggs. (ต้ม)
(adj: boiled) Used to refer to things that have been cooked by boiling. I had two boiled eggs with lunch. 2000
(n: chopper plural choppers) A heavy knife with a wide blade used for cutting up large pieces of meat. Also called a meat cleaver. (มีดปังตอ) 9000
(n: herb pl herbs) A plant or a part of a plant that is used as medicine or to give flavor to food. (สมุนไพร) 4000
(n: trick pl tricks) 1. A clever or skillful action to entertain or amuse people. (มายากล) 2. Something which is done, said etc in order to cheat or deceive someone. (เล่ห์เหลี่ยม) 2000
(n: e-book pl e-books) A book whose contents are in an electronic format so that it can be downloaded and read.
(n: audiobook pl audiobooks) A book that is read out loud and recorded on a CD or as a computer file so that it can be listened to. (หนังสือเสียง)
(V: carve, carves, carved, carving) 1. To make something into a shape or design by cutting off pieces of the material it is made of. (แกะสลัก) 2. To cut up [cooked meat, etc.] into slices. His father carved the turkey.. (ตัด)
(n: carving pl carvings) A design, ornament etc carved from wood, stone etc. (ไม้หรือหินแกะสลัก)
(n: coincidence pl coincidences) A situation in which events happen at the same time in a way that is not planned or expected. (ความซ้ำซ้อน) 3000
(v: punish, punishes, punished, punishing) To make (someone) suffer for a crime or for something done that is wrong. (ลงอาญา)
(n: punishment pl punishments) The act or way of making (someone) suffer for a crime or for something done that is wrong. (การลงโทษ) 3000