Monday, February 1, 2010

Word of the Day

Any Scrabble fans out there? If so, you'll like this word:



zarf

—noun

a holder, usually of ornamental metal, for a glass cup without a handle (from which you would drink hot tea or coffee)

Also, "zurf."


I spotted the set in an underground pedestrian passageway and just had to take a picture... Yet again, blogging leads to odd pictures... Then again, what an odd—and completely commonplace—shop. Tacky stuffed tigers, zarfs, party masks, fake designer handbags, hats and batteries.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Zarf looks like Russian podstakannik.
Do you know where the word zarf is coming from?
Olga

Jojo, Julz, Julianne said...

The one or two words I looked up was Podstanik..I learned it when I used those on the train..AND LOVED THEM...I bought two in Moscow on Arbat when I was there, and look on Ebay for more, but just don't feel right getting them here. I want to buy them myself while IN the country..
I didn't know the word Zarf..
I am glad you are back. I have missed your posts!!

Annie said...

If I'D seen them I would have bought them or felt sad I didn't. I do have one, that I use for a treat.

Unlike Julianne, I DID buy mine on-line because I never saw any there, and couldn't obviously steal from the train (though I was sorely tempted!)

Anonymous said...

I knew a family of Zarf's in St. Louisand asked them about the Russian word zarf. I think he told me they were of Turkish decent! Makes sense- Turkish coffee served in a zarf!

Shauna