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Thursday word: strawberry friend

strawberry friend - n., a freeloader, a moocher, one who visits only when the strawberries are ready for picking.

Good cheer for Boxing Day -- one that, I hope, has not found you with too of these. For what it's worth, this is an Americanism from the Ozark Mountain region of Arkansas and southern Missouri. I first learned about it from an entry in a Forgotten English page-a-day calendar a few years back, sourced to Down the in the Holler (1953) by Vance Randolph and George Wilson -- a holler, for what it's worth, is a hollow, used throughout the eastern United States to mean any sort of valley amid hills -- who explain that "Many city people visit their backwoods cousins only when strawberries are ripe enough to get enough free berries for year's supply of jam." Which is not this time of year, at least in the northern hemisphere, but the concept is apt for any season.

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