Friday, 19 August 2011

Word of the week #16

There's no event or big news story which inspired this week's word, but it does relate to one of the best things about being English, something that no other nation in the world does quite so superbly even though we rarely get due credit for it. 

When you live in a country which gets eleven months and twenty-nine days of rain, followed by a summer that lasts approximately half an hour and ends the very moment you realise what is happening and step outdoors to take advantage of it, you need something to get you through the day which bolsters both body and spirit. Other nations have their versions of it, but none are close to being as satisfying as the full English model.

With a healthy (well, maybe) portion of English patriotism, your word of the week is...

Noun: Pertaining to breakfast, especially one taken immediately after getting up. Pronounced as written and derived from the brilliant Latin jentaculum ('a breakfast taken soon after rising').

Example: Scrambled eggs, two sausages, two rashers of back bacon, half a tomato, a small mountain of mushrooms, two hash brows, several slabs of black pudding and more baked beans than the human heart can handle. Stuff your healthy croissants and fruit, Europe, this is the essence of a true jentacular feast!


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