March 21st, 2007
Happy Vernal Equinox!
Equinox has always been a favorite word of mine because it has both a q and an x. How often does that happen? <- rhetorical question that I expect grouchychris to leap up and answer anyway
Zounds! I can't find an online dictionary that knows what xarque is. OK, www.m-w.com offered to send me to their unabridged version for a free trial, but I think free trials are approxamiately as safe as trusting the devil. (You know, if he exists. If he doesn't, substitute 'mother-in-law' for the devil. Either one of ours. Makes no difference. :> )
So, can you provide defs for xarque and inquisitrix? The other two www.dictionary.com helped me out with. Or, even better, find me an online dictionary that's free and truly comprehensive?
|Date:||March 21st, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm totally cherry-picking /usr/share/dict/words here. Heh. Though I did
read Mrs Byrne's Dictionary
a remarkable number of times as a child.
Inquisitrix is the feminine form of inquisitor.
Xarque is reported to be
"dried beef, which looks like leather. It is packed in slabs or layers, weighing fifty pounds each. Each slab is several inches thick, and as dry and hard as wood. Before cooking, the xarque was soaked over night in water, and then boiled." Brazil seems to make a lot of xarque.
So, it sounds like extra-dry beef jerky.
If you like being weird/stared at, the next time your beef jerky is too dry you can yell "This stuff tastes like xarque!" And most people will think a) you just swore b)you made up a word or c) both.
Is it pronounced zark? (If you know?)