August 28, 2013
sherbet (noun)
\SHER-but\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a cold drink of sweetened and diluted fruit juice2 : an ice with milk, egg white, or gelatin added
How do you use it?
As Jacob relaxed in the lawn chair, he savored the cool feeling of the raspberry sherbet as it glided down his throat.
Are you a word wiz?

We're still feeling the heat of summer and a cold taste of sherbet might just hit the spot! Before you go get yourself a serving, though, tell us what language you think "sherbet" originally comes from.

"Sherbet" started out as the Arabic word "sharbah," which means "drink." From there it found its way into the Persian language as "sharbat" and into Turkish as "serbet." All of these languages are spoken in countries that have hot, dry climates, so it's not surprising that a cool, refreshing drink would be very popular. The Persian and Turkish words began to travel, borrowed into Old Italian as "sorbetto," and then into French as "sorbet" \soar-BAY\, and, of course, into English as "sherbet." "Sherbet" and "sorbet" now both also name frozen fruit-flavored treats.
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