ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. This fabulous meme was created and hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt who hails from Great Britain. Over time, others have joined in to help host this wonderful and informative meme. We are now in our eigth round-some of the participants have been with this from the very first round; others have joined in along the way. Each week we are taken across the globe to see the varied and exciting contributions people have taken the time to discover and capture. We start with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. This week's letter. is, "A" .
My first introduction to the globe artichoke was when I was a college student. Prior to that, I knew little about them. It was love at first bite. My son loves them too, although we eat them perhaps once or twice a year. This lovely dried flower head is in the gift shop at Los Poblanos Farm in Albuquerque. Do read up on the link for artichokes-quite fascinating (it is a Wikipedia link).
In that write up, it does mention that artichoke is the primary flavor of the Italian liqueur, Cynar.
I know, I've never heard of that liqueur and may never have the chance to taste it in my lifetime, but it does seem like a curiosity, doesn't it?
My other "A" offering for today is the word, ABRADE. I just love how that word sounds (say it like you would say, "a braid")!
tr.v. a·brad·ed, a·brad·ing, a·brades
1. To wear down or rub away by friction; erode. See Synonyms at chafe.
2. To make weary through constant irritation; wear down spiritually.
[Latin abrdere, to scrape off : ab-, away; see ab-1 + rdere, to scrape; see rd- in Indo-European roots.]
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