Why is dog food Hundefutter and not "Hundessen"?
I was reading the Tips and notes from the Food 1 skill of the German tree, and learned this new word, but it made me wander why not "Hundessen" as in Mittagessen or Abendessen. Also, why isn't it "Mittagefutter" or "Abendefutter"? What makes Futter and Essen different?
in addition to Elisabeth: we know the word "fressen" for humans eating in a disgusting manner ("er frisst wie ein Schwein") or quantity ("er frisst wie ein Scheunendrescher"). If a food is of very low quality or taste we may say it is "ein Frass" or "ein Schweinefrass"
I agree. German makes the distinction between people and animals when it comes to food and the ingestion thereof. So people "essen" Mittagessen, and animals "fressen" Futter.
It feels just as funny or interesting from the German to English point of view, when they learn that animals "eat food," just as people do. It evokes the image of a dog sitting at the table, napkin around his neck, using fork and knife to eat his food from a plate...