Friday, January 21, 2022

Quote of the Week: Teas, High and Otherwise

Has there ever been a more English word than chutney? It's almost disappointing to discover that it's a name for a vinegary mush of spiced, preserved vegetables, and not, for example, an affectionate nickname given to the now-disgraced Earl of Lichmond-on-the-Blather by a beloved nanny. Part of the appeal is that it's an Indian word, coming to Britain in the days of English colonial rule and sticking delightfully to the tongue like itself on an en-Stiltoned cracker.
 - Fraser McAlpine, Stuff Brits Like, p. 86

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