Wednesday, November 14, 2012

time bomb in a bun


yesterday i learned of  the existence of a word that has been named "word of the year" by oxford dictionary, although it's the American Dialect Society that started this award in 1991. previous awards have gone to words like 9-11, subprime & tweet. anyway, this year the winner is.......

omnishambles.

what?? (read here)

i doubt i'd be using it any time soon in my everyday conversation, unless i'm in deep discussion over some political or financial issues. however, it seems the americans, dissatisfied with the choice, thought selecting this year's U.K. Word of the Year was obviously total omnishambles.

never mind which word deserved the accolade, as inconsequential as it may be, but i did learn a phrase that would definitely make a difference in my life (& hopefully everyone else's too).....

a time bomb in a bun.

it's used to describe fastfood breakfast sandwiches (read here) & there's plenty to choose from, going by media adverts. currently, one promotion on TV guarantees nothing can go wrong in your day if you start off with their breakfast menu. ha ha, very effective but nothing could be further from the truth.

surprisingly, that's not the worst breakfast you can have. apparently, from the same report, NOT having breakfast is even worse for your health. i think that's probably true - my friends who fast during ramadhan swear they put on even more weight during that time than any other month of the year..

someone once advised me, long before i entered med school, regarding diet - have a king's breakfast, queen's lunch & a pauper's dinner. the rational is that you need a good proper meal to start the morning, & as the day winds down, the activities get less strenuous, you require less food.

i'll mull on that later but if you'll excuse me, i'll need to go for a late breakfast now....

6 comments:

Andrea Boult said...

I had really thought that it would have been "oppa" or "gangnam"

wenn said...

oh, I hardly take breakfast as I take early lunch.

doc said...

Andrea,

that, no doubt, would be contenders for korea's word of the year.

doc said...

Wenn,

have you lost much weight this way?

Andrea Boult said...

I am a big breakfast person. I can skip lunch or dinner but rarely, breakfast. It's a habit which I have had since I was young. Two soft-boiled eggs on toasts with a mug of Nescafe Gold coffee are my favourite breakfast fare :)

doc said...

Andrea,

so there you are - doing all the right things & living to a ripe old age!

ah, yes, soft-boiled eggs on toast - a breakfast to die for!