Etymology: Picnic

Apart from thermoses of Progresso Chicken Noodle and stacks of Pad Thai in bending foil containers, scarfed in intervals during summer swim meets, picnics were not a regular occurrence in my household. We ate too fast, for one thing; for another, the schedules of four/sometimes six/sometimes seven kids didn’t leave much time for lolling about on […]

On Tenterhooks

…was a phrase I wrote today, and then I realized that while I knew what the phrase meant (“a state of [painful] nervousness over a future event”), I didn’t know what a tenterhook was. I wasn’t even sure it was “tenTerhook” and not “tenDerhook.” The T has it. A tenterhook is a long, crude-looking hook use […]