or, stuff that I dragged out of my head

Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Monday, December 08, 2008

But Soft

After you've finished laughing at this "Hierarchy of Beards" poster (click to enlarge), , from, of course, BoingBoing, check out one of the words in the second line.

"Velutinous". It seems odd, almost made-up, like a variant of "glutinous". But if you stare at it long enough, a few words might occur to you that suggest it's real.

The first thing I thought of was "velouté", which is a white sauce (a sauce made of milk and thickened with a flour-and-butter mixture) made instead with chicken stock (or other light stock such as fish or veal). "Velouté" is the adjectival form of "velour", which is the French word for "velvet", and sure enough, all three of those words are related to "velutinous", which means "velvety: covered with fine, soft, dense hair".

There. A new word for you to play with!


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