Friday, September 23, 2011

French Word of the Day: Mardi Gras



In French, Mardi Gras is pronounced; Mardy Grah

We actually use the French words in our language. Mardi (Tuesday) and Gras (fat)

As everyone knows Mardi Gras refers to the practice of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of Lent beginning the next day - Ash Wednesday. Often people will give up a favourite food or alcohol or sex. Which is why Mardi Gras has become a wanton orgy of taboo breaking.

Interesting factoid: Foie (liver) Gras (fat) is a culinary delicacy. Now that you know what "gras" means, you'll see it everywhere, especially hanging over your waistband. Which brings us to muffin top...

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