Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday Word: Amuse-bouche


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.


  1. Wow, congrats on your Amzn UK sales! :)

    This was a word I wasn't familiar with before encountering it as a book title.

    1. I don't think I'd be brave enough to use it for a book title. Or even in a sentence.