Fricassee of Words

Fricassée of Words – Talking Turkey

With Thanksgiving just days away, it seemed most appropriate to contemplate the all-American phrase, “Talking Turkey.” Few people know the exact meaning of this phrase. Historians have turned to old publications to place it in its proper context and come up with at least three different usages. What is certain, however, is that “Talking Turkey”… Continue reading Fricassée of Words – Talking Turkey

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Fricassee of Words – Going Bananas

We’ve all seen videos of people who slip and fall and whose bodies seem to go into contortions defying the laws of physics between to tipping point and the crash. And we’ve all laughed, of course. It’s not that we lack compassion. It’s just that there is humor in the moment. Thankfully, the person who… Continue reading Fricassee of Words – Going Bananas

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Fricassee of Words – Cream of the Crop

  Of all idioms, food-related and otherwise, “Cream of the Crop” is among the most readily understood across cultures. Of all idioms, it is one of the few that has an equivalent in several other languages. Agriculture is at the root of this expression. The meaning is clear: “the best of the best.” The French… Continue reading Fricassee of Words – Cream of the Crop