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 Merriam Webster has a paid staff that scans publications and records the frequency of a new word or expression before deciding.language evolves quickly and popularity is why Webster includes a word in the dictionary.
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.
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, “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.”
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”
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