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A literary commonality

As some of you know, I started a new weblog last month, called One Peppercorn. It's about the language of food, and is an excuse for me to pursue the meanings and uses of interesting food words as I encounter them in novels, histories, menus, manuscripts, conversation, and in the news. It's something I've been thinking of starting for years; C. and the stew project finally made it happen.

I don't intend to post about it often here, but did think it worth sharing today's revelation (a revelation to me as much as to anyone else, I suspect): what More's Utopia has in common with the Just William* books.

* None of which I've read.

In unrelated news, my home state has, for the second time, sent me an unsolicited ballot for a forthcoming election. I am delighted to be a part of democracy so conveniently.

Also, let me recommend to you the Retail Alphabet Game. (Americans stand more of a chance of getting most right than do people from elsewhere, but it's still worth a look, I think, if you're from elsewhere.)



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Oct. 16th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Oh no... that title made me think you were pregnant I'm afraid. "Peppercorn" is what my god-daughter was called when she was very new and about the size of a peppercorn (I forget how many weeks it was).

I had no idea the Pontefract Liquorice thing was celebrated in verse. Hooray for Betjeman.

Happily I googled and found this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontefract_cake

I had no idea Pomfret cakes (which I'd seen in historical literature) were the same as today's Pontefract Cakes.
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Oct. 16th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
And just think... when you're done, you can play the older editions of it!
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Hangon. You're a redhead. Writing about food. WithMS.

*startled pause*

Good lord. Where are you? Could we have coffee?
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
How useful LJ is for getting to know each other better! But MS? Master of Science? Multiple Sclerosis (Hopefully not!)? Media Studies? (Friend of)MirrorShard?

I'm on the Essex end of the Central line. (I avoid being more specific than that in unlocked posts!) I'd be happy to. sworthen@owlfish.com I'm offline for the weekend, so you don't wonder why I'm unresponsive for the next few days.

Edited at 2009-10-16 06:26 pm (UTC)
Oct. 18th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Licorice water came up today in a paper on Japanese medicine. And I knew all sorts of connections about it from this!

(Basically, Kaibara Ekken said that the Japanese had weaker stomaches and spleens than the Chinese, so licorice had to be taken with care, if not avoided completely.)
Oct. 19th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Oooh, interesting. Thank you.
Oct. 19th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Totally off-topic, have you seen this, I'm assuming?
Oct. 19th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
No, I hadn't. Thank you! I hardly looked at the news at all today.
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