New Thoughts On Words
B is For Bootylicious Bouillabaisse
Bootylicious is on my mind. It happens to writers. Words jump into our minds and refuse to leave. I could blame Beyonce` Knowles and the Super Bowl; but the truth is I like the word. Its rhythm somehow attaches itself to bouillabaisse and bingo, becomes an onomatopoeia dancing around my head.
The American language evolves quickly and popularity is why Webster includes a word in the dictionary. Merriam Webster has a paid staff that scans publications and records the frequency of a new word or expression before deciding.
The Webster dictionary defines booty as spoil taken from an enemy in war or loot. In the real world Bootylicious is slang and a compound word joining booty or buttock with delicious. The song “Bootylicious” made the term well-known.
Words are added yearly. Recent additions are cougar, helicopter parent, soccer- mom and EEVO an original by Rachael Raye. A few of the words for 2012 are: man cave, coperniciu, energy drink, game changer, gastropub, mash-up.
So what does Bootylicious Bouillabaisse bring to my mind?
Picture Beyonce` dressed in a black corset and spike high heels joining Julia Child in the kitchen for a cooking lesson.
We will need something like the time machine in “Back to the Future” to transport Beyonce` to Marseille to learn from the American chef and food writer.
Close your eyes and imagine Meryl Streep as Julia Child in Julie and Julia if you have to.
Julia opens the conversation with, “to me the telling flavor of bouillabaisse comes from two things: the Provençal soup base — garlic, onions, tomatoes, olive oil, fennel, saffron, thyme, bay, and usually a bit of dried orange peel — and, of course, the fish — lean, firm-fleshed, soft-fleshed, gelatinous, and shellfish.” Wikipedia
Beyonce` questions the chef, “Lean and firm, that part girl I know what you talkin bout. Gelatinous…I know you gotta work your jelly. Gelationous? Got to text Jay Z. He’ll know bout that.”
Julia emphasises the B saying, “bouillabaisse is a fish stew. You combine two actions, blhir (French to boil) and abaissar (to reduce).
Beyonce` says with an attitude and one hand on her hip, “I can boil fine, real fine. She shakes her booty to mimic Julie’s stirring
Julia’s voice crescendos saying, “Not a hard boil, a slow steady bubbling.” And purses her lips saying ” Then turn it real low and slow.”
Beyonce` says “I gotcha, girl”
- Beyonce is proud of her Super Bowl show (bigpondnews.com)
- Beyonce Shut Down the Superdome (full Halftime Show Video & Photos Inside) (5pinkave.com)
You can hardly be blamed…it’s a catchy word that sticks! =)
Love the red. Loved this post!
Deb, Thank you, thank you. Who knew this red would be the one…
Too much fun Claudia! I got a big kick in my booty from this post! 🙂
Thank you, fun, this girl wants to have fun writing.
Claudia, You’ve done it now!! Now all I have on my mind is Beyonce in spiked heels standing in my kitchen, stirring the pot in that Black leather corset.. I would even invite Mr. Wonderful over to partake in the stiring of the pot!! Oh how we would enjoy that meal!!!! Thank you Julia for showing “B” how to move it slow.
Always happy to hear your thoughts…just saying.
I love that word but now it’s stuck in my head and I don’t know what to do about it… LOL. I loved the comparison between Beyonce and Julie. It made me think and it made me laugh. 🙂
You could write about it…just saying, Glad you chuckled.
Now that evokes many strange pictures in my brain………omg…..
Mary, You’re right….it’s a fine line but the two words have a ring.
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