Monday, April 23, 2007

Blogservations

If your name was Ed and you named your son Ed and he named his son Ed and so on, would that be an example of Continuing Ed?

Have you ever noticed that Starbucks is one of the only places that can get away with making you stand on line twice?

I’m trying to get everyone to start using the phrase “That’s worse than Kool-Aid Man's Pants.”

I've learned that checking the varying degrees of sunburn on my forehead after our first softball doubleheader is an excellent way to gauge just how much hair I've lost over the winter.

Not only is amuse bouche1 my new favorite phrase, but I've learned that it has an almost universal application simply because 99% of the people you meet have no idea what it means. Armed with that knowledge, you should feel free to walk around for the remainder of the day saying things like "Joe's latest post was so amuse-bouche."

How people interpret it will be decided solely by the tone of voice you use when you say it.

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Footnotes (or things you can just skip over if you'd like)

1 According to Wikipedia, amuse-bouches are tiny bite-sized morsels served before the hors d'Ĺ“uvre or first course of a meal. These, often accompanied by a proper complementing wine, are served as an excitement of taste buds to both prepare the guest for the meal and to offer a glimpse into the chef's approach to cooking.2

2 That being the case, amuse-bouches from my kitchen would include morsels of re-heated fast food such as McDonald's fries or KFC extra-crispy, and perhaps those tiny pigs-in-a-blanket accompanied by a spicy Gulden's mustard dipping sauce.

3 Wikipedia goes on to say that the phrase amuse bouche is French, literally translated to "mouth amuser" [for bouche = mouth; amuser = to amuse, to please]. The original French word, more frequently employed, is amuse-gueule. Gueule is slang for mouth but in fact means animal's mouth, although amuse-bouche is considered more polite and is usually used on menus in more refined restaurants. Regardless, the term "mouth amuser" makes me giggle like a child every time I hear it.

4 You don't really need to know all of that, but it might be helpful in the event that find yourself in conversation with
pinknest. Erm...the part about what "amuse bouche" really means, of course. Not the parts about my eating habits or my childish sense of humor.