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Saturday Word: Piyāla + Contest Announcement

pi·ya·la [ˈpēyälä]:
origin: Persian- پیاله‎; Uzbek: piyola- Russian- пиала́

noun
I recently acquired a catalog for Russian tea sets (manufactured for a store in New York City), which is fascinating in the cultural differences of mere eating habits. Surely England's high tea is well known, but alternate versions perhaps less so. Myself and an older friend puzzled over the word "palaya" applied to a specific set, which simply turned out to mean: a small bowl used to drink tea out of, used across the Middle-East and Asia for far longer than the British have been sipping leaves.

Not that Russians don't similarly enjoy elegant-handled porcelain cups with gold-trimmed flourishes, though they have more focus on decorative Samovars and accessories for caviar. Mmn, caviar.

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Tags: arabic, noun, p, russian, unknown etymology, wordsmith: theidolhands
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