HORS D’OEUVRES [awr DURV]: Any of various savory foods usually served as appetizers


As I’ve said many times before, there are words in our American English language that come to us directly from another language.   John McIntyre, my colleague who writes the blog, You Don’t Say, says  that we tend to forget that our language is somewhat of a slut, in that it is a language that co-opts […]

CRUDITE [ˌkrü-di-TAY] : raw vegetables, cut in manageable pieces, served with a dip as an appetizer before a meal


Somehow, when I saw this word in an article I was reading, I pronounced it just as if it were a cousin to luddite.  You know, [KRUD-ite].  It was embarrassing to read further and realize that what the author was describing is what I have come to know as a crudité, a word that has […]