Monday, June 15, 2009

Fancy Word for Pickle & Fancy Building


funny word of the day: gherkin
Definition from Merriam-Webster:

gher·kin
Pronunciation:
\ˈgər-kən\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Dutch gurken, plural of gurk cucumber, ultimately from Middle Greek agouros
Date:
1661
1 a: a small prickly fruit used for pickling ; also : a pickle made from this fruit b: the slender annual vine (Cucumis anguria) of the gourd family that bears gherkins 2: the immature fruit of the cucumber especially when used for pickling


Also, a very cool-looking building in London called The Gherkin, designed by famous architect Lord Norman Foster (who also designed the Hearst Tower, where I work).
I have to admit I enjoy both this innovative piece of architecture and the little pickles of the same name!

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