Word of the day, 14th March 2015
liquorice /ˈlɪkərɪʃ/ (noun)
I was doing a bit of shopping in Godalming today (a quaint town on the River Wey, about 8 kilometres, or 5 miles, south of Guildford). In the high street I noticed a new little traditional sweet shop (at least I think it’s new, but I am a man, so it could have been there for ages… we don’t always notice things!) Anyway, I decided to look inside… There were lots of traditional sweets on display in large glass jars! I was then delighted to notice that they sell sticks of liquorice – the hard sticks; not the soft type, which seems far more common these days. I had not had any for many years, so I had to buy some.
If you mention “liquorice” to a British person, they will most likely think of this type of black sweet (or perhaps the more colourful, “liquorice allsorts”).
But to other people, “liquorice” is “a perennial Mediterranean leguminous shrub, Glycyrrhiza glabra, having spikes of pale blue flowers and flat red-brown pods” (to copy the precise technical dictionary definition) or “the dried root of this plant, used as a laxative and in confectionery”, as I have mentioned.
Anyway, I will enjoy my liquorice sticks over the next week or so at least 🙂
Good night 🙂