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Jan 16, 2015
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apricate
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pregustator

pregustator
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with Anu Garg

pregustator

PRONUNCIATION:
(pri-GUHS-tay-tuhr)

MEANING:
noun: A person whose job is to taste food or drink before it’s served.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin pre- (before) + gustare (to taste). Ultimately from the Indo-European root geus- (to taste or choose), which also gave us choice, choose, gusto, ragout, and disgust. Earliest documented use: 1670.

USAGE:
“When poison was often secreted in meats and drinks and was much oftener feared, a pregustator, or a foretaster, was the most important servant in all great households.”
Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters; Vol 13; 1900.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young, / Who loved thee so fondly as he? / He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, / And joined in thy innocent glee. -Margaret Courtney, poet (1822-1862)

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