n - an appetizer before a meal
[from French amuser amuse, gratify + bouche mouth]
The Eskimos may know a thing or two about snow, but the French know all about food. It's no accident so many of our culinary words come from them. Personally, I find food far more interesting than snow. Of course, amuse-bouche is just a fancy way to say appetizer, but after watching hours of food-porn on TV, it feels like an everyday word to me. Even if it sounds like amuse-bush. Vaguely kinky, isn't it.
By the way, it took me forever to figure out the spelling of coq-au-win. The pronunciation sounds like coco-van, doesn't it?
On an unrelated note, I'm flabbergasted. (Another good word.) My book, Last Stop, that came out almost a year ago doing smashingly in the UK Amazon store. The sales there started picking up in December, and then kept growing. I have no idea why, but I'm very pleased about it, nonetheless.