Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

December 4, 2011

New Word: Umble Pie

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CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

NEW WORD: UMBLE PIE

     While at a Westmoreland County (PA) Historical Society program on Christmas traditions in Southwestern Pennsylvania the term umble pie arose.

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     Huh? Isn’t it humble pie?

     No.

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     Umble pie is a term for a variety of pastries originally based on medieval meat tripe pies. The pie filling consisted of the liver, heart, and other offal, especially of the cow (more…)

October 21, 2011

New Words: Spoor, Pug (Tiger)

Filed under: ANIMALS,NEW WORDS — carolyncholland @ 11:43 pm
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 CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

NEW WORDS: SPOOR, PUG (TIGER)

    It’s deplorable what happened in Zanesville, Ohio, where over fifty exotic animals, including lions and tigers, had to be killed to protect human life.

     In the process of writing a post, Lions and Tigers in Ohio????, I came across two unfamiliar words: spoor and pug. Curious, I just had to look up their meanings.

Spoor is any sign of a creature. Spoor includes track, trail and droppings. Spoor is useful for discovering or surveying what types of animals live in an area, or in animal tracking. Generally droppings can be referred to as scat.*

     At least I am familiar with the word scat. We find deer and bear scat on our property quite frequently—deer, however, more than bear.

     The name of any animals’ paw prints are called spoor.

     A second source confirmed the above: n. The track or trail of an animal, especially a wild animal.  V. spoored, spoor-ing,spoors  To track (an animal) by following its spoor or to engage in such tracking.**

     A pug (n.) is a footprint, esp. of a game animal or (v.) to track (esp. game) by following footprints or another spoor.***

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     Since the post was about lions and tigers I followed up my research by checking out tiger pugs. A tiger’s paw (more…)

October 11, 2011

Which President Was Dubbed Conotocarious?

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

WHICH PRESIDENT WAS

DUBBED CONOTOCARIOUS?

     The first ancestor of George Washington to settle in Virginia was John—the president’s great grandfather. John Washington left England for America in 1657, after the English Civil War and the 1649 execution of King Charles I. 

     John was the son of an Oxford-trained Anglican minister.

     After John settled in Virginis, the local Indians dubbed him Conotocarious—an action that was neither a polite nor admiring. Apparently John Washington had swindled some of the Indians out of land.  

    Conotocarious means (more…)

October 5, 2011

New Word: Gremolata

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

NEW WORD: GREMOLATA

     Another new word: gremolata. Found in an unlikely column for me during these days—a cooking column.** I usually stray from anything having to do with cooking.

GREMOLATA: a traditional Italian condiment made from finely minced parsley, garlic and lemon zest. It’s a nice way to wake up a heavy, meaty, braised dish, which is why it’s usually served with braised veal shanks. But it goes well with fish and seafood dishes, too.*

     The recipe was for three bean soup with gremolata. Gremolata is the soup’s (more…)

March 25, 2011

New Words: Affiant & Hongi

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CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

NEW WORDS: AFFIANT & HONGI

AFFIANT

Affiant: n. a person who signs an affidavit  and swears to its truth before a Norary Public or some person authorized to take oaths, like a County Clerk*

HONGI

Hongi: “sharing of breath,” the traditional Maori welcome

SOURCE

*http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/affiant

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ADDITIONAL READING:

A Weekend in State College, Pennsylvania: Part 1

Hidden Transgressions: The Importance of Integrity

Found: Flash Drive. What should I do?

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