Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Z is for ZARF!!!
The Rogue Speaks:
All of my boys' childhood friends know what a zarf is. When we lived in Chicago, the winters were brutal! Lots of snow and ice to contend with, and not a lot of driving to be done if one could help it. Kids always seemed to congregate at our house, and it was up to me to entertain them. We had a running Scrabble game going, and the rules were a little different for these young teens and pre-teens. They were allowed to use the dictionary to find words, BUT if they used the word, they had to define it and use it in a sentence. We made English FUN for these kids. They didn't even realize they were actually LEARNING something!!
So now on to my "z" word--ZARF! A zarf is a holder for a handleless coffee/tea cup. Zarfs have traditionally been used in the middle east. They are made from silver, or gold, brass, and occasionally wood. They can also contain jewels or precious stones.
You have probably used a contemporary zarf yourself. Check out the example below!
Doesn't that look familiar?? And there is an even more streamlined version as well:
Zarfs are great for keeping your hands from being burned from that hot coffee cup. Even Starbucks uses a form of a zarf--that cardboard sleeve--so they won't get sued by the customer! Remember the McDonald's lawsuit??
The best thing about the word ZARF, though, is the fact that it can be worth as much as 78 points when you use it in Scrabble!
Well, that's all I have for today! Please be sure to read the other offerings for Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday. I tried to keep this short so you would have plenty of time to check them out!