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Cup o’ tea




Small and lame. I’ve felt a bit under the weather today.

Speaking of weather, today was the first day without any rain for weeks. It’s been gray and depressing.

Linguistic note: Americans spell grAy with an A, English spell grEy with an E. Weasel’s handy mnemonic. I have to know these things.








Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: October 20, 2019, 10:24 pm

I don’t want to keep ooooohing & aaaaaahing, as it seems to me that must get tedious for the recipient. But. . .DAMN! I’m enjoying this Inktober. You chose a splendid theme. Thank you!

Comment from Armybrat
Time: October 20, 2019, 10:34 pm

Having grown up in Europe, I am hopelessly lost for spelling. I can never keep grey and gray straight and frequently spell it both ways in the same paragraph. The first time I was sent to the principal’s office was because I argued with the teacher about the spelling of colour.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 21, 2019, 12:48 am

“Earl Grey, Hot”

Used to be my favorite tea.

Tea question Tea question!
Because you showed the pinky raised holding the cup…

I was once told that it’s proper to pour your tea into the saucer and let it cool and drink it from there. Outrageous as it sounds, I couldn’t be sure they weren’t taking the piss out of me.
So, any truth to that story Uncle B?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 21, 2019, 1:35 am

@Durnedyankee – I, too, await Uncle B’s reply with bated breath.

Barely applicable, though, in the U.S. South – specifically southwest Virginia – I’ve heard people (OK, it was my great-aunt Phronia) say, “He eats his soup saucered and blowed.”
I got the impression that any etiquette involved was accidental.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 21, 2019, 2:18 pm

I went on a hunt to find out about saucering one’s tea, and the answer is – well, I had so much fun doing it that I have decided not to say what I found… which is probably wrong anyhow.

One side effect is that a I stumbled across a modern design website … something which always fascinates me. Someone has designed an infinitely repairable sports shoe (grandfather’s sneaker?) a bed/ chair combo apparently made from cut-up fiberglass fishing rods, and my personal favorite – a tine attachment to turn one’s pair of chopsticks into a fork.

I love designs like this…. so many solutions looking for problems.

So here’s the site – of course it starts with a “unified cup and saucer design” but scroll down for more….

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 21, 2019, 4:46 pm

Some Veg – isn’t that shoe just a roman miles sandal with modern materials and filling?

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: October 21, 2019, 5:34 pm

Meanwhile I see ManBercowpig has struck again.

Our masters of the global elite, you have yours, we have ours.

Isn’t it grand?

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: October 21, 2019, 9:07 pm

“Americans spell grAy with an A, English spell grEy with an E.”

There’s some overlap both ways, according to Google Ngrams. The ratio is about 5 to 1 in each case.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 22, 2019, 1:17 pm

I fell in love with English literature when I was an 8th grader. “English” spellings peppered my school work until my English teacher, Mrs. Lewis, took me aside and sweetly, firmly took off my head and screwed it back on—straight. By the time she finished with me I was ready to run outside to the flag pole, salute and sing the Star-Spangled Banner.

I’m fine with English spellings mixed into the American language, but the punctuation differences are major problems I think, and Mrs. Lewis is gone now.

Comment from weasel again
Time: October 22, 2019, 8:37 pm

I think the saucer thing is historical.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 23, 2019, 1:47 am

Deborah – you do know the Star Spangled banner tune is based on an English (drinking) Social club song, yes? 🙂


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 23, 2019, 1:55 am

@DurnedYankee—Yes, I did know that. Key wrote at least one other song, set to the same music.

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