WORD OF TODAY is ASMR. Example: ASMR videos have become increasingly popular on YouTube.
WEDNESDAY WORD It was the epiphany. It was listed as one of Merriam-Webster’s Most Wanted Words on Monday. It means a moment when you suddenly see or understand something in a new or clear way. As for the Twelve Days of Christmas, it is a Christian holiday that is celebrated on January 6 to honor the arrival of the three kings to greet the Child Jesus. Example: working and living in France, Janie experienced an epiphany about herself and what she expected from life.
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What makes up Merriam-Webster’s Most Wanted Words is a curiosity. The list for Tuesday was, starting with most, Sardoodledom, anti-vaxxer, vaccine, omicron, fascism, love, epiphany, idiom, BDSM and RSVP. The list updates every 20 seconds, so the Stroller fell short twice when writing, in fact.
In the time it took to write that sentence, “featured” and “endemic” replaced “BDSM” (thank goodness) and “RSVP.”
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“RSVP” means Respondez-vous, s’il vous plait in French (“Please reply”). Although we use “RSVP” regularly in the United States, it went out of style in France for being formal and old-fashioned.
Another French word we use is hors d’oeuvre, which is a savory snack that is served alone as a snack or comes before a main course. Its literal translation is “outside of work”, as in, not a regular part of a meal.
You may have heard of “canapes”. That word refers to a specific type of hors d’oeuvre, which are small pieces of dough or bread with toppings.
To make some tasty canapes for your next occasion (maybe that Christmas gathering that was postponed because one or two of the group were quarantined?), Start with a baguette (French bread). Cut it at a slight angle into 1/2-inch slices, brush each slice with olive oil, and toast them in a 400-degree oven for a few minutes. Then spread a thin layer of cheese like ricotta, cream cheese, mascarpone, or brie. Cover with:
- Slices of blueberries or cherries drizzled with honey
- Cucumber slices topped with mint leaves
- Slices of boiled egg with chives
- Sliced boiled egg with crumbled bacon
- Thinly sliced radish with fresh dill
- Shrimp with dill
- Chopped mushrooms mixed with Parmesan, mayonnaise and onion
WEDNESDAY TRIVIA ANSWER: In traditional New Years food, cornbread represents gold, greens symbolize money, pork dewlap is a sign of good health, and black-eyed peas represent coins (which add to wealth over time. ). Eating the leftovers of that meal the next day is said to lay the foundation for frugality, an important step in preserving, not wasting, the prosperity that good luck food should bring.
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION: Eating the leftovers of the traditional New Years meal the next day is another sign of a good year to come. Why is that?
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