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Sweet; delicious; well done. Thus, similar to American English usage for “sweet” in that the general liking for sweet tastes extends the term to an abstract sense of good, lovely, etc. Thus, sugar and honey are literally kemelok, but the term can be used used figuratively to praise a tasty piece of meat. Many lowlands Samburu prefer the taste of their own goats to those of Highland goats, preferring the stronger taste of lowland meat which they then term kemelok. Milk is kemelok when consumed fresh, just as the foam subsides and it has cooled after milking. In the traditional milk consuming context, fresh milk is not the preferred taste, however kemelok it might be. Which is why milk, even if kemelok, can also be termed keidukulan, tasteless as it has not had time to develop the more complex flavors that come from fermenting milk in a wooden container cleaned by burning botanicals. As all milk is milked into wooden containers prepared by burning botanicals, even fresh milk has flavor components most non-pastoralists are unfamiliar with. A shift to plastic milking containers changes the experience of kemelok milk to the relatively homogeneous product that most people are familiar with. In its figurative sense of “good,” even milk that has soured can be referred to as kemelok by someone who thinks the milk is particularly wonderful that day.
[Previous draft. Positive. Only used for the taste and smell of food. Used in other food contexts (not only milk). Examples: honey; meat if well done, especially goat from the lowlands (e.g. Wamba area), because these animals have ready access to salt licks, salty water, and enough leaves, and it’s the right climate for them, as well as being more pure environment than Maralal, for example, making their meat better; sugar.]
[Notes. At that time the milk said to be kemelok. In second, when they prepare sour milk, which is prepared in a number of four or five days, when they use a calabash which has been cleaned with a certain herb to clean, when it is properly cleaned and prepared for four days, it is kemelok. Even though it is sour, it is still called kemelok. On the fourth day, said to be kemelok when it is taken before, then not kemelok. When milk here is that foam when you are milking just when the foam has gone down is kemelok. Here, sweetness means maybe fresh, good for taking. Robin doesn’t agree with the above about about the sour milk being kemelok. June 2018.]