Tuesday, August 29, 2006
One for the Lexicon?
I don't know if this is a lexicon phrase or not, but it's a character that crops up a LOT in wholesome American TV series, and sometimes movies. Do we blame the actor, the director or the scriptwriter? Personally, I'm inclined to blame all of them.
Which is to say, like the eponymous toastie, composed entirely of ham, cheese and white bread. (I know the French spell it 'croque', but for reasons I won't mention because of the children in the audience, I think 'crock' is more appropriate.)
Guess that's television told. Next week, Kit takes on the art world!
I was going to post a recipe for how to make a croque monsieur, but then I decided that I'm a vegetarian so I won't. Instead, a tip for making delicious scrambled eggs: grind up a vegetable stock cube, and add a pinch of that instead of salt. Gives a nice umami flavour. With some nice chopped chives and fresh-ground black pepper, maybe a smidgen of wholegrain mustard, cooked until it looks almost done but not quite (because it keeps cooking in its own heat after you take it off the hob), a feast fit for a breakfast-eating king.
Is 'croque' an obscure obscenity? Or is 'crock'? Puzzled.
Anyway, I've always wondered what umami tastes like. I'll go lick a vegetable stock cube immediately.
No, don't! They need to be watered down! Your tongue will shrivel at the roots, and then you'll have to do all your communicating by e-mail. Though as your comments are always delightful, there'd be some compensations.
'Crock' is the obscure obscenity, as in 'what a crock'. Too much of a lady to say what it's a crock of, but I'm sure you're not too little a man of the world to get the gist.
Ah, the poor crock is a victim of metonymy. I'm sure crocks used to contain all sorts of things.
Which reminds me, at the risk of lowering the tone (in terms of both vulgarity and rambling pseudo-erudition), of a discovery I made in my previous researches. Turns out there's a second sense of 'crock' that's perhaps derived from 'crack', which it seems was Middle English for 'whore'. Inevitable synecdoche there I suppose, but also a neat redundancy in the sad phrase 'crack whore'. I'll get me coat.
And in some places, I believe you can refer to an old lady as an 'old crock'. I assumed the meaning was as in, old piece of bashed-up crockery. Language chases its tail into incomprehensibility...Post a Comment
July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 December 2006 January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008 July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008 January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009 June 2009 July 2009 August 2009 September 2009 October 2009 November 2009 December 2009 January 2010 February 2010 March 2010 April 2010 June 2010 July 2010 August 2010 September 2010 October 2010 November 2010 December 2010 January 2011 February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 March 2014