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Friday, 15 May 2015

Word To Use Today: sobremesa.

What's the best part of the day?

Well, how about sobremesa?

Sobremesa is a Spanish word for a bit of the day the English language doesn't recognise - and if that seems odd, then think about just how many chunks of the day aren't recognised: teeth-cleaning time, reading-blogs time, doing-a-poo-time. We don't even have a word for TV-time, for heaven's sake (though screen time is a useful recent addition to our list of daily activitities).

What's sobremesa

It's the time after a meal when everyone sits around and chats. In this house the chat will almost always include soccer (sigh) but also anything else that's piqued our interest, from aardvarks to zymurgy. 

Some of us will also eat a liquorice allsort.


The longer our sobremesa goes on, the longer we get to put off the clearing of the table and the washing up. But it's the intellectual stimulation that's the main thing.

Apart from the liquorice allsort.

Word To Use Today: sobremesa. This word is Spanish, where  sobre means about, and mesa means table.

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