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Another day, another word [Aug. 26th, 2015|10:01 am]
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I was beginning to suspect the Guardian of a stealth campaign to increase my vocabulary: words I do not recognise have been cropping up, unexplained. On Saturday, we had 'pancheon'; on Monday it was 'fulvic'.

This was in a 'Shortcuts' piece about ridiculous fads in the marketing of water (article not currently online: a search of the Guardian website tries to fob me off with an eccentric Shetlander and his republic of Forvik). There is, apparently, something called 'black water', a variety of mineral water which "gets its colour from fulvic minerals, for which there are broad health claims". This doesn't make me think that the water has any actual health benefits, but does make me wonder what fulvic minerals might be.

Chambers doesn't know. It offers me 'fulvous' and 'fulvid', both of which describe a tawny yellow - which I hadn't met in English, but recognise as the French 'fauve', tawny like a big cat, and hence a wild animal. So that's a Word of the Day.

The internet, on the other hand, is full of people who want to tell me about fulvic acid, and fulvic minerals, but only because they all want to sell me their dubious health products. (Oh, and it's mentioned in passing in a Wikipedia piece about 'humic acids', a term which describes rather than defines a group of components of soil).

Guardian, are you telling me that this water is black because it's muddy?
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[User Picture]From: sartorias
2015-08-26 12:18 pm (UTC)
Those words are begging for imaginative definitions, imo.

Pancheon: a frying pan used as a truncheon.

Fulvic: tiger yellow

Edited at 2015-08-26 12:20 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-08-28 04:24 pm (UTC)
I like your definition of 'pancheon' (Tiffany Aching's weapon of choice), and also anef's suggestion: that it's a cart horse, a cross between a Suffolk Punch and a Percheron.

On 'fulvid', though, you are simply thinking, as I was, of 'fulvous', which really does mean that!
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[User Picture]From: sartorias
2015-08-28 04:33 pm (UTC)
Ah! That is right! (IT's so hot here that brains are not braining.)
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-08-28 04:26 pm (UTC)
And also a village in France, presumably where thhe water comes from - and it's all volcanic, which makes sense...
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2015-08-26 03:41 pm (UTC)
On Saturday, we had 'pancheon'; on Monday it was 'fulvic'.

"Fulvic" sounds like an adjective Tanith Lee would have used.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-08-28 04:28 pm (UTC)
Yes. Although I might just be thinking of 'frumious' (like the bandersnatch).
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-08-28 04:29 pm (UTC)
Million-year-old salt! My fish and chips are not worthy to be sprinkled with it.
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