|As if one is ever enough ...|
(photo by Kirti Poddar)
Noun & adjective. Early 17th century.
[French chocolat or Spanish chocolate, from Nahuatl chocolatl article of food made from cacao seed;
influenced by unrelated cacaua-atl drink made from cacao.]
A1 noun. A drink made of prepared chocolate (sense 2) dissolved in hot milk or water. E17
A2 noun. An edible paste or solid made from cacao seeds by roasting, grinding, etc.;
a small sweet or confection made of or covered with chocolate. M17
A3 noun. = CACAO noun 3 (compare with chocolate-tree below). Now rare or obsolete. M18
A4 noun. A dark brown colour. L18
B attrib. or as adj. Of or resembling the colour or flavour of chocolate; dark brown. L18
|Woah, woah! Don't hold the marshmallows just coz I'm a guy ...|
(photo by Erick Houli)
Chocolate - be it chocolate cake, hot chocolate, chocolate sauce, chocolate milkshake, chocolate covered chocolate - I am rather partial to it. So much so that I'm doubtful I will manage to get through this post without wandering downstairs to see if we might, just might, have any chocolate somewhere in the house. I will try ... I will be strong ... because ... chocolate is a jolly interesting word ...
Yes, it is! So next time you're feeling guilty about giving into temptation and are chowing down on an extra large Snickers, remind yourself that it's just your keen interest in etymology and language that has brought you to this delicious place. And if anyone doubts you, tell them these delectable facts:
|I have chocolate bars, but with very different results|
(photo by Terry George)
|I now understand the term 'food porn'|
(photo by Moyan Brenn)
And finally, chocolate is absolutely, divinely, unfathomably heavenly to eat. OK, that's got nothing to do with etymology, but I can stand it no longer - I'm off to root through the kitchen cupboards in the vain hope that someone's left a Galaxy bar lying about. In the meantime ...
Are you a chocoholic?
Do you know any other chocolatey facts?
Do please sweeten this post with your most delectable comments in the box below.