Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Light and Lucious Lemons Languish Lazily

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 EIGHTH 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, "L".


Lip smacking, lilting lemons laid on a linen clad table.

Oh, and I feel the urge to revert back to Dr. Suess's ABC book..."Big L little l, what begins with L? Lion with a lollipop, L...l...L." Well, he should've said, "lion licking a lemon lollipop...".

And I'm not going to let you off the hook so easily without learning ya something new! The word, 'lani' in Hawaiian means, 'sky, heaven; spiritual' (mind you, this is an abbreviated definition). It's meaning is most often used in personal names, such as in the popular female name, Leilani. Lei is the flower wreath that Hollywood has helped to make famous. So, Leilani, means, 'heavenly flower'. Rough translation. 

'Kai' (remember to pronounce Hawaiian vowels in the same manner that you would Spanish vowels) means, 'sea', 'seaside'-well, it has other meanings too depending on how you use it (such is the Hawaiian language). For those of you who have been to Hawaii and to the island of Oahu, there is a beach on the windward side of the island (Kailua side) called, 'Lanikai'. I haven't been to that beach since I was a teenager, but it is a beautiful beach. I thought you might want to know the translation. I'm sure my friends in Hawaii who read this will be sure to comment if I have any inaccuracies in this portion of the post (hoping I got it right)! You can view lots of images of Lanikai by clicking here. It's a popular beach for people to get married at.

The Hawaiian language abounds in words that begin with 'L'.


Sylvia K said...

Mmmmmm!! Love lemons and what a lovely plate full! Wonderful post for the day as always, Paula! Have a wonderful day!


Leslie: said...

I took a look at the photos of the beach and it is glorious and obvious why people get married there. I love Hawaiian names, too, but do have a problem pronouncing some of them. A friend's daughter just had a baby boy and named him Kai - now I know why! :D Have a lovely week, Paula!

abcw team

photowannabe said...

Yummm, the lemons look lucious.
Beautiful Hawaii and all those lyrical names. Thanks for the definitions too.

Roger Owen Green said...

Luscious. I love to freak out people by taking my lemon slice, once I've squeezed out the bulk of the juice, and eat it. (But not the rind!)

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

EG Wow said...

MMMMmmmmm! Lemons, one of my favourite tastes, aromas and colours!

Meryl said...

I think it was "Lovely Lola Lopp..." licking the lollipops - although I am not sure. Great post!

Joy said...

I like the long fork, Now lemons perfect in drinks, tea or G&T depending on the time of day or even lemon drizzle cake, mmm. Hawaiian sounds a language of many meanings.

Ms. Burrito said...

lovely image!

Please come take a peek at the laughters at my page. Thank you!

Tumblewords: said...

Luscious lemons! My oldest granddaughter was married last summer on the sand at Lanikai. I didn't attend, but treasure the lovely and multitudinous pictures the family sent to me!

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Thank you so much for the language lesson (and the lemon photo!). I have a Japanese friend who named her son Kai, and she told me it means Ocean in Japanese.

Reader Wil said...

Lots of great "L"words again! I always learn something when I visit you! Have a great Wednesday!

Gigi Ann said...

I like lemon in my iced tea.

I have a Great-granddaughter named Kaia. I wonder if it means the same as Kai. They had planned on calling her Kai, but long story short they added the "a" on the end. I asked her where she heard the name and she said it is Hawaiian.

Carver said...

I love lemons and you did a great job with your L post.

sharplittlepencil said...

There was an old song that began, "Sweet Leilani, heavenly flower..." I swear it's true. And I LOVE lemons, so the picture made my mouth water.

Love the cultural lessons, too. You help expand my world.

Lemon Love, Amy

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Lemons - my son eats them as if they were apples or oranges - crazy!

Wanda said...

Fun and learing..good combination!

My neighbor has a lemon tree and we trade lemons for homemade cookies.

I always have a basket of lemons on my kitchen counter.

Right now, I'm having a glass of ice tea w/lemon!


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