Word Hoard

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Pleased to Meat You.

I'm sorry that it has been over two months since I posted something new here.

The other day I got three different word-a-day emails that mentioned meat. Fricassee, Gallimaufry, and Offal.

Fricassee probably comes from French for to fry and to break up/shake.

Gallimaufry now means hodge-podge or jumble, but the French is a ragout or sauce. I like Bartleby.com's allusion to a wide open merry mouth. Forget comfort food; they're making happy food. Gallimaufry, the original happy meal.

Offal isn't that glamorous, but that fits its purpose. It comes from "fall off." Who needs a fancy word like abattoir?

I'm going to try to post here more frequently, but we'll see.


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