Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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For your next wine and cheese party: buy cheap wine.

The undropped shoe, of course, is this question: are people able to tell the difference between good and poor wine even without the cheese? Have any blinded, randomized studies been done? If they have, I'm sure it's not by vintners, who would be terrified of the results. Decades ago, Consumer Reports did a blinded taste testing of vodkas, fancy or generic, expensive Soviet and Scandinavian imports and cheap domestics.

The winner? Grain alcohol diluted with distilled water.

I tell you, I don't believe anything any more.

ObFiction: One of Dorothy Sayers' short stories, "The Bibulous Business of a Matter of Taste," features Peter Wimsey at a wine tasting, in which the real Lord Peter must distinguish himself from an imposter by his ability to identify wines only from their taste. A bit of indirection leads to a delicious twist at the end. Lord Peter is successful, of course. But this is fiction.


a(teru), mi(tasu)
meaning: full, fill, provide

補充 == hojuu == (noun which can take する to act as a verb) supplementation, supplement, replenishment, replenishing
充分 == juubun == (adjective that takes な, adverb, noun which can take する to act as a verb) plenty, enough, sufficient, satisfactory, adequate, perfect, thorough, fully, in full

Top radical was originally a pictograph of a 'newborn child'. Bottom radical is 'bent legs', originally a pictograph of a crouching person, which acts phonetically to express 'grow'.  Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Newborn babe has full set of legs, if bent.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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