Pot Lucks and Green Shit Sauce . . .
Web" . . . staying here for the whole Winter until after Mardi Gras) have become more than a little enamored of Louisiana pepper sauces; some have even created their own versions to share. Last evening we "delighted" ourselves with Dan and Merlene's (full-timers from San Diego) Green Shit Sauce. I overheard Merlene and Betty talking about a Green Shit Sauce-making party for this coming Friday out on the patio.
Besides the Sunday Cajun food attraction, there's always a plethora of delicious offerings from one and all; that makes just about 18 - 20 choices! Need I mention that hors d'oeuvres are presented every single evening, along with some very interesting (i.e. dangerous) concoctions of libations! Since I don't partake of the alcoholic beverages, I'll have to take friends' word for it - they're mighty powerful!
|Here are Marvin and Betty "arguing" about whether the recipe for tonight's jambalaya originally|
came from Betty or Marvin! Theirs is an ongoing debate when it comes to anything Cajun!
|Difficult to take photos of a large group in a small room. Betty's just changed the Christmas |
holiday decorations for Mardi Gras
|Marvin and Betty watching over the group as we lined up with our bowls for Chicken Jambalaya|
On Another Subject . . . Grammar . . .
And Pronunciation . . .
How do you pronounce FEB-RU-ARY? Check it out; as often as not, the word will be pronounced FEB-U-ARY. I decided to do a little research to find out why so many English-speakers pronounce it as in the second example.
Here's the scoop: English and American dictionaries still consider the correct pronunciation, FEBRUARY; however, Merriam Webster in an addendum states that the pronunciation, for many, has morphed to FEB-U-ARY by a process called dissimulation. Dissimulation is where one of two similar sounds in a word is changed or dropped to avoid the repetition of that sound. More simply, as Kate Burridge points out in Weeds in the Garden of Words (2005), the standard pronunciation (February) "takes considerable effort, and in normal rapid speech we're likely to drop the first 'r.'" She also says that the pronunciation of JANUARY probably contributed to the simplified pronunciation of February.
I happen to love the study of English grammar; maybe it's because of all those fascinating college subjects I had to forego to fit in all those medical science classes and labs! Now I keep an ongoing list of interesting facts and tidbits peculiar to our American English.
Some other often-mispronounced words:
*archipelago - AR-KI-PEL-A-GO - not ARCH_PEL_A_GO
*arctic - ARK-TIK - not AR-TIK
*barbed wire - BARBD - not BOBD
*cache - KASH - not CAS-SHAY
*candidate - KAN-DI-DATE - not KAN-I-DATE
*clothes - KLOTHZ - not KLOZ
*et cetera - ET-CET-ER-A - not EX-CET-ER-A
*forte - FORT - not FOR-TAY
*Do you have some favorites to add to the list?
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of words in our American language that have come down through the ages from many mother tongues, that, for a variety of reasons, lose (or have lost) their original pronunciation, definition or intent. I'm a grammar nerd; a lot of which came about when I began studying foreign languages!