or, stuff that I dragged out of my head

Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Tea Break

I don't have much to say today, and I'm leaving for work in about fifteen minutes, and there's a storm coming our way, but I did want to point you to this story from The Onion, Fancy Man Enjoys Tea, which has the most perfect control of tone. It's the sort of thing they used to do all the time (as in AMELIA EARHART MISSING: Probably Just Shopping), and while think their main section has slipped in recent years, having been at least partially eclipsed by the Onion AV Club, it's nice to see that they can still hit a homer from time to time. Do read it: it's hilarous.

"Tea", by the way, is the same or similar in the big European languages--French "thé", German "Tee", Italian and Spanish "tè"--beacuse it comes from the same source: a Chinese word, which seems surprising until you reflect that that's where most of the world's tea historically came from. The Chinese word was "t'e", and a related word, "cha", is also out there as the word for "tea"--in Portuguese, for starters.


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