The obscure word of the week is lagniappe

This week’s obscure English word is lagniappe.

It means a gratuitous extra, often referring to a small amount of food served up at the end of a meal. It’s also the name of the fishing boat in one of the episodes of Left 4 Dead 2, but that’s another matter.

Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments using this word.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2019


4 thoughts on “The obscure word of the week is lagniappe

  1. Tolkien’s Hobbits may have thought of a lagniappe as part of the delightful stage of “filling up the corners” after a feast. I ran across it as a synonym for “supplement,” which may be true, but didn’t really work when applied to a story.

    1. I’m sure they did! The idea of Hobbit-style ‘second breakfasts’ also has a certain charm to it – they don’t seem to have had a particular word for those, (though I am sure Tolkien could have made one…) As an aside, I believe that Tolkien’s portrayal of Hobbit life and culture was intentionally and gently lampooning a particular kind of British village society that he knew of. I have a slight vision of an Arts and Crafts-style village circa 1890 whose inhabitants were all suffering status anxiety and had turned to satiating the problem with transports of gluttony…

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