September 23, 2014

Fall weather


Crisp fall day
Crisp autumn leaves
Crisp ripe apple
Crisp baked bread
Crisp* new shirt

Crisp began its etymological life meaning curly. Back in the 1200s, the only thing that was crisp, was a head of hair. Now hair is one thing that's never crisp (unless you have a bad run-in with a curling iron). My favorite use of the word, for a cool bright snappy day, is only about 200 years old.

*Isn't it interesting that the more you type a word, the less "right" it looks?

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