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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Holiday season is the time for fun, frolic, and food. And the best part of food is desserts. The etymology of the word points at the time dessert is served -- at the end of the meals. The term derives from French desservir (to clear the table).
The English language has countless terms about food that are used metaphorically but this week we are offering just desserts. Enjoy these cherry-picked words -- they are made from 100% natural letters -- no artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives. These are organic, fair-trade, and they have zero calories.
A note about the term for a reward or punishment that is deserved: "just deserts". It's from a little-known word, desert (deserving), from Old French deservir (to deserve). The reason we mistakenly believe it's "just desserts" is partly owing to the pronunciation:
dessert (di-ZUHRT), as in "fat-free dessert"
On to today's word...
[From Welsh llymru, from llym (sour or sharp). Originally, it was
a kind of porridge or pap, made by soaking oatmeal in water for a
long time, until it has turned sour.
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