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The Book of the Eskimo describes how in Greenland, one could tell what a fine delicacy someone had to offer his guests by how much he belittled it beforehand:

The old man laughed. "Some people do not know much. I am such a poor hunter and my wife a terrible cook who ruins everything. I do not have much, but I think there is a piece of meat outside. It might still be there as the dogs have refused it several times."
This was such a recommendation in the Eskimo way of backwards bragging that everyone's mouths began to water ...
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