Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Weird Word of the Week: Cobbler

Madame L's mother used to have a wonderful snack ready for us when we got home from school, and often this snack was fruit cobbler, usually peach cobbler: peaches covered with batter and baked in the oven.

Madame L loves Wikipedia's list of types of (food) cobblers, which Madame L was unaware of until now: "In the United States, varieties of cobbler include the Betty, the Grump, the Slump, the Dump, the Buckle, and the Sonker."

Of course, the word "cobbler" can also refer to a person who makes or fixes shoes, the apron worn by cobblers, a kind of software, a mixed drink, and probably a lot of other items.


Ellen said...

Interesting word, isn't it? I didn't know there were so many names for the food that we eat. And I wonder why it's also the name for someone who fixes shoes. Anyway, I enjoy learning these new words.

AskTheGeologist said...

OK, your Test for the Week:

What SINGLE word in English changes meaning - totally - if it is capitalized? It even becomes a different part of speech.