Friday, 14 February 2014

Caseous - Cheesy Queasy

Lexicolatry
Swiss cheese - classic cartoon food
(photo by NCI)

CASEOUS

Adjective. Mid-17th century.
[from Latin caseus cheese + -OUS.]

1 Of or like cheese, cheesy. M17

2 MEDICINE. Like cheese in appearance;
characterized by caseation. M18


I love cheese, I really do, but anything that's described as cheesy warrants suspicion. As for any type of medical condition or bodily function that's linked with el queso ... well let's just say I don't advise doing a Google image search for caseous necrosis and leave it at that.

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8 comments:

  1. You knew it was going to happen didn't you!
    Of course I searched.
    Cheese will never be the same for me again.
    And it's all your fault!
    My man will be knocking on your door the next time he wants a grilled cheese sandwich, cos I won't be making it for him!!

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    1. Oh come now! My cautionary warning was fair and true!

      (besides, just set the laptop on your husband's knee with the words "Now you just look at some pictures, dear, while I make your deliciously cheesy grilled sandwich." - that'll get you out of caseous sandwich duty)

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    2. Something suitably cheesy for Valentine's Day, I see.

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    3. Friday night in my household has been a no-cook night for me for a long time now - once the kids got old enough, it' s been everybody for himself!
      Well, wouldn't you know it, my man decided tonight he wanted a grilled cheese sandwich tonight - for real!
      Guess who made it!! No laptop or the like was involved! :)

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  2. Put goats cheese and some pre-cooked streaky bacon on top of Portobello mushrooms (those big open ones), fry them in butter on a low heat for about 10 minutes, the last minute covered so that the cheese completely melts, and then, crucially, eat them.

    (...I'm not going to Google that condition ed because I don't think this recipe will work anymore if I do)

    -c.

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    1. No, don't. And no Googling 'fungal caseous necrosis topped with bacon' either.

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  3. Choosing cheese and cheesy on a day like Feb 14th is brilliant. Subtle commentary at its best. (Or is it just my imagination? As The Cranberries would say?)

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    1. I'm rather bound by the order of words in the OED, but it was either this of 'Casanova', and I did think 'caseous' was altogether more appropriate : o )

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