Miscellaneous

Word of the moment: chimichanga

I went to London with Colin on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday weekend to see some friends who have moved there from Cambridge. We were finally introduced to the chimichanga. This is a deep-fried burrito (literally ‘little donkey’), and was served with refried beans and rice.

At Christmas, when singing the carol Little Donkey, Spanish speakers (singers) will appear to be singing for their supper:

Burrito, burrito, en el polvoriento camino….

As a further note, in Spanish, as in English, the re- suffix may be applied to a verb to indicate repetition of the verbal action: abrir ‘to open’, reabrir ‘to reopen’.

In Spanish, however, it may also be applied to words to indicate intensity. Hence, frijoles refritos ‘refried beans’ are not cooked again, but are well-cooked.

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Jack o’lantern

jack o'lantern

jack o'lantern

I made a Jack o’lantern.

I must remember that flames are hot and that when it travels most of the way up the match, it’s time to blow it out.

Usually, when the kids come round doing trick-or-treat, we ignore them and hope they go away, or we go out to the pub.  This year, I bought some lollipops to give out.  I actually found it much better to give them stuff rather than just ignore them because you don’t have to hide in your own house!

The first lot were the best – a group of little witches.  They asked something about did I have some fish.  I didn’t really catch what they said and I have no idea what they were talking about.  Must be the latest fad; any ideas?

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Word of the moment: alcohology

alcohology

The study of alcohol. Alcohology encompasses wine tasting, measuring concentration of ethanol in liquid mixtures etc.. Etymology: a corruption of archaeology, possibly a freudian slip. Coined by an archaeology student at Durham University (if I remember rightly. I was in the pub when I learned this word).

An alcohologist is not necessarily an alcoholic.

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