Friday, April 29, 2016

15,842 New Words: I probably should have looked up 'Carpathian' too.

“I’m only going to say this once, so don’t fly off the handle,” she said. “Flax Hill is home to me because I loved Leonard Fletcher. Not the other way around.”
“Right, but I’m not trying to— Arturo’s not— the air tastes of palinka, you see,” I said, idiotically. “Here in Flax Hill, I mean.”
Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel, Helen Oyeyemi.
Palinka is a traditional fruit brandy invented in the Middle Ages, coming from the Carpathian region, which so far as I can tell is Hungary and parts of Austria.
I mean I don’t know if this word will be helpful in my everyday life but I like it.

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