August 23, 2012
chocolate (noun)
\CHAH-klut\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a food prepared from ground roasted cacao beans; also : a drink prepared from this2 : a candy made of or with a coating of chocolate
How do you use it?
"‘You want to be careful with those,' Ron warned Harry. ‘When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor - you know, you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he had a booger-flavored one once.'" (J. K. Rowling, _Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone_)
Are you a word wiz?

From what language do you think English borrowed the word "chocolate"? Hint: It was spoken in the part of the world where cacao beans were originally grown.

Did you pick answer B? Sweet! Chocolate is now enjoyed all over the world, but for a long time it was unknown outside the Americas. Its name originated in Nahuatl, a language spoken by native peoples of Mexico and Central America. The Nahuatl word "chocolatl" was adopted into Spanish as "chocolate" after Spanish conquistadores reached Mexico in the 1500s. The food itself remained a Spanish secret for almost a hundred years after that, but it was then introduced into France. By the early 1600s, English speakers learned about the tasty treat and they've been calling it "chocolate" ever since.
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