Monday, February 1, 2010

Word of the Day

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



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.


Anonymous said...

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

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!