Bend it like Johnson
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Just as there
are categories of vegans and vegetarians, locavores, too, have a
strict classification. While ultra strict locavores avoid all
ingredients that have not been grown and produced locally, the
Marco Polo rule followers incorporate dried spices into their
diet — items sailors could carry along while at sea, but keep
all other ingredients local. Wild card locavores are less rigid.
They bend their foodshed to include coffee, sugar, chocolate or
any ingredients they feel they just can’t live without.
Learn a little
In 1755, Dr
Samuel Johnson published his Dictionary of the English
Language, the first ‘true’ dictionary and one that had
no competitor for more than a century. A one-man academy, he
initially set out to ‘police’ the language in the spirit of
Jonathan Swift but by the time the dictionary was nearing
completion, he realised and accepted the fact that change in
language is inevitable. This is borne out by his words from the
Preface to his dictionary: ‘When we see men grow old and die
at a certain time one after another, from century to century, we
laugh at the elixir that promises to prolong life to a thousand
years; and with equal justice may the lexicographer be derided,
who being able to produce no example of a nation that has
preserved their words and phrases from mutability, shall imagine
that his dictionary can embalm his language, and secure it from
corruption and decay...
daily life, people can confuse others without much of an effort.
If a host asks a guest, ‘would you like some tea or coffee?’
and the latter answers ‘yes’, does it tell the host
something? When this happens with me, I feel like serving both!
‘Cavalry’, the word used
for soldiers on horseback today refers to soldiers who fight in
armored vehicles. It originates from the Italian ‘cavallo’
or ‘horse’. ‘Calvary’ is the name of the hill outside
Jerusalem on which Jesus Christ was crucified and it originates
from the Latin ‘calvaria’ or ‘skull’. Of course, time
has given a metaphorical slant to this word by putting it in use
for ‘any scene of intense anguish’.