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 TENTH 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"
ACE OF SPADES
The origin of the Ace of Spades is interesting. I won't go into it here, but the link through to Wikipedia does a good job. But, a note of warning: Wikipedia (the English version) will be staging a 24 hour blackout of the site on Jan. 18th in protest over pending legislation that will be very restrictive to what we can and cannot use on the internet. You can read about Wikipedia's first ever public protest in regards to the SOPA and PIPA act and you can even go one step further and contact your legislator to let them know how you feel about this level of internet restriction. It will affect all of us. And we all know that ABC Weds, now in it's 10th Round will be adversely affected by this kind of legislation. If you have a different take on this matter, please feel free to chime in on the comment section-just be sure to keep it civil!
This was taken back in the day when digital did not exist-it is an auger for doing the first crush of grapes at the Callaway Winery in Temecula, CA. The image is behind glass in case you are wondering why it looks a bit wonkers.
Most folks know augers as a drilling device, but this one lay cradled in this giant stainless steel vat/hopper that harvested grapes were placed in to. The auger turns gently, getting what is called the first crush or free run of juice that is coaxed out of the grapes. Very little tannin is in this batch of juice-the tannin is added later so that it can be introduced in a controlled manner as the wine ferments. The tannin comes from the skins of the grapes and also affects the acidity of a wine.
(image from Wikipedia)
Don't you just love how that word sounds? Alluvial fan:
"An alluvial fan is a fan-shaped deposit formed where a fast flowing stream flattens, slows, and spreads typically at the exit of a canyon onto a flatter plain."
You know, you could chant "alluvial" over and over again-it really lends itself as a 'chanting' kind of word. : )
AD MAIOREM DEI GLORIAM
The Jesuits put these letters, A.M.D.G. on everything they write. They stand for the Latin words, Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam, which mean "All is offered for the greater glory of God." In this spirit, everything they do or say is offered in humble gratitude.