Going viral? Thanksgivukkah; and WOTSY

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 26 19:11:09 UTC 2013

Don't miss Nancy Friedman's column on "Thanksgivukkah" published today
on the Visual Thesaurus:


On Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> The new Beat Hôtel in Cambridge, Mass., is
> presenting on Wednesday "Thanksgivukkah at Beat
> Hôtel".  "You can feast on smoked beef brisket
> with challah stuffing and cranberry pumkin
> tzimmes ($24) and maple smoked salmon with
> potato, carrot, and parsnip latkes ($14)."  [I'm
> astounded that the fish is less expensive than the beef.]
> Yes this hôtel does seem to present itself as
> pretentious.  It is not a hotel, but rather, as
> it describes itself, a "Brasserie, Bar, and Live
> Music" (13 Brattle St.).  And so new I did not
> notice it on my last excursion from the Harvard
> Square T to Widener Library on November 11.  Aha
> -- one blogger describes it as "subterranean"--
> it's where formerly there was "The Tannery", and
> seems to have opened in October.  Too far from
> the center of the Square for me to venture.
> But to get back on topic:
> 1)  I nominate "Thanksgivukkah" as the Word of the 77,798th Year.
> 2)  In the spirit of turducken, perhaps someone
> can coin a term for "smoked beef brisket with challah stuffing".

Ben Zimmer

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