verjuice was our Word of the Day on 06/10/2012. Hear the podcast!
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Recent Examples of verjuice from the Web
While previous versions relied on vinegar for mustard’s signature tang, Dijon’s visionaries swapped in verjuice, the highly acidic juice of pressed unripe grapes, which made for a smoother and more refined expression.
Later, when lemons, and then tomatoes, became available to add acidity to food, verjuice was rather knocked off the radar.
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Did You Know?
These days, verjuice is typically a tart, pale juice pressed from unripe white grapes, ideal for use in sauces and salad dressings. Verjuice has been around for centuries and is used in Dijon mustard, but the word (a descendant of Anglo-French vert, meaning "green," and jous, meaning "juice") has become somewhat uncommon - especially in American English - since its heyday in the early 19th century. (It's a bit more common in Australia.) In the past "verjuice" was also used with the meaning "acidity of disposition or manner" - a meaning hinted at in our first quote - but that sense is now only rarely encountered.
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