|What's four times better than a chocolate brownie?|
(photo by LJ42)
Noun. In sense 4 also B-. Early 16th century.
1 A benevolent goblin, supposed to haunt old houses (especially farmhouses in Scotland)
and occasionally to do household work secretly. E16
2(a) A sweet currant-bread. Australian & New Zealand. L19
2(b) A small square of rich (usually chocolate) cake containing nuts. North American. L19
3 (An angler's name for) a trout. E20
4 A member of the junior branch of the Guides. E20
In combination: brownie point a credit for an achievement.
I do like the word brownie. Not only does it come from one of the most earthly and sensuous colours, but it means some rather fabulous things. Who can resist, for example, a freshly baked brownie, straight from the oven, still gooey in the middle and served with a dollop of cream and a steaming cup of tea? And if you're lucky enough to be haunted by brownies, you don't even need to worry about cleaning up the dishes as these helpful little goblins will clear up after you. And don't scoff - rather than just being the stuff of fairy tales, I can attest to the reality of brownies, as every house I've lived in for the past ten or so years has been haunted by one. No matter what clothes I leave lying around, or what dishes I leave in the sink, something magically clears them all away. If that's what's involved in being haunted by a brownie, then I say haunt on, boys. When I think about it, these supernatural occurrences all started around the time I got married. I would ask my wife about it, but I really don't want to freak her out ...
|A brownie of the goblin variety|
Is there a brownie in your life?
Are you a brownie?
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