Here are a couple of interesting words from the books I have been reading lately ...
First - something fun - from Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger we have ... Bakewell pudding, which like portmanteau, turns out to be way more complicated than I anticipated.
Bakewell pudding, which originates from the Derbyshire town of Bakewell, is a dessert consisting of a flaky pastry base (puff pastry or similar), covered with a layer of jam (raspberry with the seeds removed seems the most popular now but originally gooseberries and apricot or peach marmalade with orange zest were common) and topped with a mixture of beaten eggs (fluffy but not frothy), sugar and ground almonds (or almond paste) [or lots of butter and some almond flavor - often alcoholic in origin]. This is baked for 30 minutes and may, or may not (more often not ), be topped with almond slivers or slices and fresh raspberries before serving.
The long and short of it is that Sophronia apparently made the right decision in not eating the Bakewell pudding because there could be practically anything in there.
Finally, something just plain weird from The Disappearing Spoon (yes, sigh, I am still reading it but I will finish it this week!) we have ...
argyria which is explained in the text but I definitely needed a picture to go with this !
"Argyria or argyrosis (from Greek: ἄργυρος argyros silver) is a condition caused by inappropriate exposure to chemical compounds of the element silver, or to silver dust. The most dramatic symptom of argyria is that the skin turns blue or bluish-grey. It may take the form of generalized argyria or local argyria. Generalized argyria affects large areas over much of the visible surface of the body. Local argyria shows in limited regions of the body, such as patches of skin, parts of the mucous membrane or the conjunctiva [which lines the inside of the eyelids and covers the sclera (white part of the eye)] ... Generally silver is only slightly toxic to humans, so the risk of serious harm from clinical exposure is slight."
In this context "inappropriate exposure" usually means dosing yourself with silver as a "medicinal' supplement, though some people were apparently prescribed something that contained some form of silver.
|Photo from BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2297471.stm)|
There are several examples of this online if you care to take a look. Some people turn more of a gray color and others looks more like large, renegade Smurfs.
This is just too weird.