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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Where Can Brown Take You?

“What can Brown do for you?” No, wait, that’s another site…

I bought a new book recently, and I’ve used it daily, since. It’s called
“Flip Dictionary: For When You Know What You Want To Say But Can’t Think of the Word.” It’s not just a dictionary or thesaurus, because it categorizes words. When you can’t think of what they call the front of a ship, you don’t have to remember the word bow, you look up ship, and find a list of related terms like galleon, carrack, binnacle and bosun. The ribs are called futtocks. Now that’s an interesting word.

So, I was browsing this book shortly after purchase, and ran across a section listing eighty-one shades of brown. I fell in love! Brown is amazing, it’s rich and warm, earthy and---well, brown. Brown can take you so many places. Stroll into the kitchen with biscuit, oatmeal and toast. Lose yourself in the candy store with chocolate and nougat. The local coffee shop is full of brown, in the coffee, with mocha, hazel (nut) and almond---and the café au lait.

Of course, your spice rack is overflowing with brown, in shades of bay, cinnamon, maple sugar, nutmeg and peppercorn, while on the forest floor you might gather acorn, chestnut, and walnut. The forest’s trees range from mahogany to sandalwood and its creatures are beaver, fawn, fox, mink and otter. In the barn, look for brindle, leather, peat, rust and sorrel. And for the few remaining days of fall, don’t miss amber, autumn leaf, bronze or butternut.

Brown can take you anywhere.

Where will you go, today?


justabeachkat said...

What an interesting book. And it made for an interesting post.


childlife said...

Mmmmm... Chocolate... brown's a good word!

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