Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday Word: Friable

friable |ˈfrīəbəl|adjectiveeasily crumbled the soil was friable between her fingers.DERIVATIVESfriability |ˌfrīəˈbilətē| nounfriableness nounORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from French, or from Latinfriabilis, from friare ‘to crumble.’

Another word that doesn't mean what I thought it meant. I was thinking of chicken wings, potato wedges, and Twinkies--stuff that can be fried. Do we really need another word for crumbly?


  1. I've always thought that something which is friable is more finely textured than something which is crumbly. I wonder if there any basis for this, or whether it's because the crumble used in puddings (apple crumble etc.) is quite chunky...

    1. So you're saying that friable is a word between powdery and crumbly? Hm, interesting.

  2. I knew it wasn't related to frying, but I'm not sure I knew exactly what it meant.