Posted by: Natalie | February 23, 2010

Word of the Day

Today I am making a Tiramisu, so . . .


Word Origins:

Now, just to confuse the poor spellers among us, myself included, the word dessert, actually comes from a stem meaning desert! Great, that helps the memory know which one is which!!! (yes I am special). Desert a) a large dry barren region, b) abandon, both come from the Latin desererer which means ‘to abandon’. We can attribute the word dessert, meaning the last course in a meal, to the French. In their traditions, the entire table would be cleared, table cloth and all, before dessert was served. Desservir means ‘to un-serve’. So essentially, the French abandonned their meal in order to have the dessert!

Urban Dictionary Definition:

  1. The fourth “meal” of the day following breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  2. The excuse for obese to cram their faces with sweets that will later cause them to look in the mirror and ask themselves, “Why am I so fat?”
  3. A catalyst for entropy (Inevitable and steady deterioration of a system or society).
  4. An extremly good looking person of the opposite sex. As good as pie.

Nat’s Definition:

  • Not a desert.
  • Something I am very bad at making!
  • An excuse to eat chocolate, whipped cream, sugar, biscuits, cake, cheesecake, mousse, real butter, all the good things in the world.
  • The cholesterol portion that Gloria Hunniford can’t rescue you from!


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