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Friday, 20 March 2020

Word To Use Today: spraint.

Spraint is a piece of otter's dung.

File:Sea otter pair2.jpg
photo by Ed Bowlby

No, it's not the sort of thing you trip over every day - which is good, because it's dark, tar-like, smelly stuff.

The most amusing thing about this word, I think, is that it comes from the same source as the word espresso.

File:Making of espresso coffee in Třebíč, Třebíč District.jpg


Word To Use Today: spraint. This word comes from the Medieval French espraintes, from espreindre, to press out.

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