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I learned that the word vanilla comes from the obsolete Spanish word vainilla which translates to little sheath. Going back further one would discover that vaina comes from the Latin word vagina.

I'm never going to be able to look at another bottle of vanilla extract the same way.
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Date:September 26th, 2004 02:37 am (UTC)
extract of... extract of...

oh, I imagine not. But it smells so good...

I remember being a fat kid, smelling the various extracts and having that sweet tooth and hoping they'd taste as sweet as their scent and finding it all so bitter, bitter, bitter. The same way hershey's cocoa powder was nothing like hershey's chocolate milk mix.

And how's that for true but twisted but extracted to the point where so many years later I've found myself chasing the same contentment; in a latin sense, and whether to present or translate the actions of said tongue is to question my own and all humanity. And what do you extract from this?
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Date:September 26th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC)
Oi, I know they didn't name the vanilla plant vanilla for taste but because the way the seed pods look. I still find my train of thought rather funny though.

You know why extract of anything is bitter? Most extracts are at least 40% alcohol.
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Date:October 1st, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
That is awesome! I'm going to have to tell people about that.
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Date:February 5th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)

yay for roots!

"little sheath"....why? because the flower looks like a sheath or something?

so the phrase "that is SO vanilla" is inherently unfounded! and in fact the opposite of what it has come to mean.....

thank you revvie!
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