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This week’s Word of the Week does not have the most complex definition or interesting history behind it, but I’m hoping the reasons for my choice will more than make up for it!
This week’s word is: Succulent
1. Full of juice or sap; juicy.
2. Botany Having thick, fleshy, water-storing leaves or stems.
3. Highly interesting or enjoyable; delectable: a succulent bit of gossip.
A succulent plant, such as a sedum or cactus.
17th century, from Latin succulentus “having juice,” itself from succus “juice, sap.”
Now, the reason I have chosen this word, aside from it being a wonderfully descriptive and onomatopoeic one, is thanks to a video a couple of my friends shared on Facebook yesterday. The video is of a man being taken into police custody some years ago in Australia. He apparently had a habit of eating in expensive restaurants before telling them he couldn’t afford to pay the bill, but clearly he didn’t always get away with it. The result is just wonderful…
Anyone else hungry?! Chinese anyone?