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Saturday & Sunday Words: Stagiaire & Spatchcock

sta·giaire [staʒjɛːʁ]:
origin: (1800s) French; stagiaire= "intern" or "one who is on probation"

noun (also: adjective)
It is French for trainee or intern, referred to as "staging" in America, within a kitchen you are essentially a free employee at a restaurant that is willing to put you to work and teach you their real world techniques; ideally you learn how to apply trained school skills, both parties see how they mesh, and often you may be offered a job, but there are no guarantees, therefor experiences can vary wildly.

So, it turns out America did not invent the notion of free labor -- a plague often grizzled over within the modern world of art & media, though it's also discussed that allowing someone to work for free (supposedly for a limited period of time) wasn't as much a problem as the growing commonality of exclusively filling such positions with these individuals. Over and over. Some of the most beautiful things you've seen in film may have been created by a person with tons of student debt, who was paid nothing at all for the privilege of "wowing" the audience; a CGI effect created in such a manner being cheaper than employing living creatures or people.

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Spatchcocking, a technique you may learn while being a stagiaire!

spatch·cock [ˈspætʃˌkɒk]:
origin: (1775–85); alteration of spitchcock (unknown origin).

To split a bird down the middle, usually by removing the spine, an alternate from stuffing them, creates a nicely crisp and juicy version of the meat when roasted; see also: butterflied. See also: "spitchcock", an eel prepared by chopping it into short pieces, coating it in bread-crumbs & chopped herbs, then to fry or broil. Some say it could be a new way to appreciate turkey as well!

As you read the sentence above, depending on your sensitivities, you may have been entranced or offended, thus you may be amused to know that the word can also be used to mean: To metaphorically insert something using an awkward or inappropriate technique that doesn't match the original substance.

Sally thought she could spatchcock her personal fantasies into the original work of fiction and no one would be the wiser, but it ultimately clashed in style, thus distracting from the real heart of the tale.
Tags: british, french, noun, s, unknown etymology, verb, wordsmith: theidolhands

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