August 30. The word is cavendish.
This is a funny old word. I mean, it’s fun to say, but what does it mean?
Nothing, really. I know it well as a proper noun since it’s the family name of a British peerage and I read entirely too many British historical romances, and that’s why it gets used as an adjective. Apparently those Cavendishes got around a lot and put the family name on any number of things. There’s Cavendish silver, and china, and also it’s a particular kind of tobacco. Not a brand, a type.
Cavendish tobacco is pressure-steamed and packed into cakes before being cut up or shredded for smoking in a pipe. Mmm, yummy. Now you know.
It does not mean “cave n’ dish.” Sorry. I was kinda hoping, when I looked up the etymology, but no. That would be funny, though. A cave in a dish. Tricky to make, I imagine. There would have to be dimensional warpage, or at least a portal of some kind.
What’s that? Now I’m being silly? (You only just noticed that? Where HAVE you been?) A cave in a dish is no stranger than a door into another world located in the back of a wardrobe, is it? Or a telephone booth that can travel through time and space and maybe holds the entire universe inside. (I am vague on my Doctor Who canon. I confess that when I was watching it with Spouseman late Sunday nights in college, my mind was mostly on other things. Ahem.)
But I digress. Ha-HA. Even if I have the details wrong, you know what all those things have in common? They’re British. So there.
No, really. That’s it. Time’s up, I’m done.
word provided by Scatter Prime
Housekeeping note: I only keep this little blog open for experiments. This was one such trial run. Successful experiments become part of My Real Blog. I promised myself I would do this twice a week all summer to see it it was worth doing regularly. (Spoiler alert: it is!) This weekend is Labor Day, official end to summer.
I will keep doing these essays when the mood strikes and at random, but I won’t be doing it here. If you want future silliness like this and more, follow this blog: dawnrigger.com.