Don’t Snort your Orts!
When I was a wee lass (a better lead-in than “When I was a kid …?”) we were told to “finish every scrap of food” on our plates, because there were “starving children in China.”
Well, we now know the folly of those admonitions. First, we didn’t understand the correlation between our food and the children in China – our good fortune was lost in the worry of not getting any pie; and sadly, there always have been and likely always will be starving children, on every continent.
Second, finishing everything on our plates often led to obesity – if not then, the gobbling habit wreaked havoc on our adult years* before we realized we needed smaller plates!
On a lighter note, can you imagine the food snorting out our noses if our parents had exclaimed, “Young lady, you finish all the orts on your plate, or no dessert!”
ORT(s) – n. a scrap or fragment of food left from a meal, usu. used in plural. [WW#48]
“Usually used in plural?” When have you usually used that word in anything? Methinks there are thousands of words in the dictionary that could easily be eliminated. Why saddle one meaning with three, four, five or more words to cover it? Think about it, writers …