Now, if a briquette were some dish of lobster spiked with truffles and scattered with the sweat of mermaids then I might just possibly be able to forgive the silly word its pretensions, but a briquette is, usually, a pebble-shaped thing made of coal dust and sawdust for throwing on the fire.
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My Collins dictionary suggests that one can also talk of a briquette of ice cream - and, as far as I know, there are indeed no laws against it.
Except those, obviously, of taste.
Worst still (do steel yourselves) this horrible little word can be used as a verb.
I could quite easily give you an example.
But, don't worry, I won't.
Word Not To Use Today: briquette. This word is French. (It isn't anything like so horrible in French.) There's an Old English word brecan which means to break, which is probably related.