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Dec 16, 2015
This week’s theme
Food as metaphor

This week’s words
bouillabaisse
cherry-pick
rechauffe
saccharine
farrago

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rechauffe

PRONUNCIATION:
(ray-sho-FAY)

MEANING:
noun: 1. Warmed leftover food. 2. Rehash: old reworked material.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French réchauffé (reheated, rehashed), from chauffer (to warm), from Latin calefacere (to make warm), from calere (to be hot) + facere (to make). Other (some hot, some not) words derived from the Latin root calere are chafe, nonchalant, calefacient, and chauffeur (literally, a stoker, who warmed up the engine in early steam-driven cars). Earliest documented use: 1778.

USAGE:
“Lines like that inspire forgiveness for what is essentially sitcom rechauffe.”
Choice; Sunday Times (London, UK); Jun 29, 2014.

See more usage examples of rechauffe in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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