ivm (octet) wrote,
ivm
octet

spurtle!

from wordsmith.org/words/spurtle.html 

A.Word.A.Day

with Anu Garg

 

spurtle

 

PRONUNCIATION:

(SPUR-tl)

 

MEANING:

noun: A wooden stick for stirring porridge. 

 

ETYMOLOGY:

Of uncertain origin, perhaps from Latin spatula, or from sprit (a pole to extend a sail on a ship). 

 

NOTES:

There's a word for everything. And there's a contest for everything. There is one for making porridge, grandly named, The Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship, held annually in Scotland. 

 

USAGE:

"I know hardly anyone who eats anything much in the morning. ... No one yet has owned up to stirring porridge with a spurtle, pouring milk over blocks of desiccated wheat, or even blasting a banana to a pulp in the blender.

Nigel Slater; Oat Cuisine; The Observer (London, UK); May 19, 2002. 

 

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth. The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it. -Agatha Christie, author (1890-1976) 

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments