Last night at dinner I bit my tongue – hard. It was one of those things where I wasn’t paying attention and instead of eggplant, I caught my own tongue. Even this morning my tongue feels fat and a little swollen.
As we were walking home after the fact, my husband asked how I was feeling and then said that I must have not eaten enough at dinner.
I looked at him with skepticism as I had eaten a ton – probably too much – and asked him to explain.
He said in his hometown if you bite your tongue it means that you are still hungry – no matter how much you’ve already eaten – whereas if you bite the inside of your cheek it means you have eaten too much and are full.
I don’t know if this is common throughout China, or specific to where Li grew up but I had not heard of any assumptions that occur with biting your tongue before.