Sunday, November 19, 2006
Not your grandmother's dictionary, but Grandma would probably approve
Another reason I love the Oxford English Dictionary :  Yesterday's Word of the Day was s'more. Yes, s'more. As in, "A dessert or snack consisting of toasted marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers, typically served outdoors, with the marshmallows toasted over coals or a campfire. Chiefly in pl. "
I was tickled by "typically served outdoors, with the marshmallows toasted over coals or a campfire," and charmed by "Chiefly in pl. " You can just see the editors at the OED hunched over this word, their brows furrowed with serious and ponderous thought. There are three citations, the first from 1934.
And if, after puzzling over the OED you are hungry you can go to Sylvester's Cafe in Northampton MA so named because the building used to be the home of Sylvester Graham, inventor of the graham cracker. Does that mean it should be capitalized?