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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Sunday Rest: briquette. Word Not To Use Today.

Good grief, this word is horrible. Not only is that -ette ending irretrievably naff, but it proclaims itself to be so vastly sophisticated that you have to pronounce it as if it's French: briKETT.

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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(Photo by Vladsinger)

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.


  1. Replies
    1. And all the mess and trouble of a coal fire with none of the romance!