Thursday, March 13, 2008


NECTAR, n. A drink served at banquets of the Olympian deities. The secret of its preparation is lost, but the modern Kentuckians believe that they come pretty near to a knowledge of its chief ingredient.
Juno drank a cup of nectar,
But the draught did not affect her.
Juno drank a cup of rye —
Then she bad herself good-bye.
2008 Update: Coffee after first rising or blood before speaking peace.


Minka said...

Love your definition. personally i think any drink accompanied by a ambigious song, like for instance "the wizard staff has a knob at the end", turns water into mind altering liquids.

*starts singing and grins*

Anonymous said...

The daily cocktail.

tsduff said...

Yes. You got it right this time. Or, coffee - helping you get going for the airport shuttle, after never going to bed! What are YOU doing up so early!

Anonymous said...

NEC(k) n.
the part of the body which connects the head to the trunk

TAR n.
any of various dark-colored viscid products obtained by the destructive distillation of certain organic substances

NECTAR! Ack! Go wash your neck immediately, young man! And use soap!

Anonymous said...

I cannot top Minka or Quilly or even come I shall just say Hi!!!!!
Have a lovely time in the land of Fire and Ice, Terry.

mireille said...

peach or apricot ...THEN the espresso to try to get awake. xoxo

Jamie Dawn said...

Nectar for southerners:

beer - the cheaper the better

mint julep - for the hoity toity crowd

sweet tea - grown in Charleston, SC and regularly consumed by Jamie Dawn

creek water - used for drinkin' & bathin'

Jamie Dawn said...

I saw that David from Australia stopped by last night.
I hope he becomes a regular here because he is quite a wordsmith. His puns are amazingly witty.

TLP said...

Candy is dandy but nectar is quicker.

Nothing smells better than coffee in the morning however.

TLP said...

Ah, Monika is first! All is right with the world.

G said...

TLP, you can buy a lot of that down in Costa Ricka (sic).

Nectar, I too take mine from a cup but often hours from when I first get up.

Anonymous said...


In Latin, there are two coordinating conjunctions that mean "either ... or", and one (nec ... nec) that means "neither ... nor". To remember these, the (usually teenaged) student of Latin is urged to recall what happens when two physically-attracted students of (generally) opposing genders are discovered by a senior person, opposed to both:

"Nec, nec."

"Vel, vel!" (the "v" is pronounced "w")

"Aut, aut!!"


Mistress Anna said...

mmm nectar

Alana said...


What word were we talking about again??

Cooper said...

The stuff my hummingbirds love.

Ariel the Thief said...

Nectar, sweet when comes out of your mouth, kills when goes in your ears.

Doug The Una said...

Minka, is the next line as "ambiguous" as the first?

Weirsdo, you guys are kind of the Nick and Nora of the academy, aren't you?

Travel safe, Terry. See you in Chicago.

Quilly, it's a wonder a professional biologist and an amateur chemist can find happiness together. Truly a blessing for visitors.

Well, hello, Mo'a.

And the treacly taste off your tongue, huh, Mireille?

JD, after nearly eight years in California, I doubt I can still hold my southern sweet tea.

TLP, seasons come and seasons go but dawn still breaks before day.

G, I miss hours.

Amoeba, without question the subtlest Spitzer joke in days.

Speaking of nectar, Mistress Anna, welcome back.

Alana, just go with your instinct.

Cooper, mine too. I've come a long way from the day I thought the hummingbird was a glorified moth.

Too true, Ariel.

Anonymous said...

If you worked at this "academy" you'd need a drink at the end of the day too.