Wednesday, August 08, 2012

word of the day: pernil

The word of the day is pernil:

pernil [per-neel']
1. Ham, shoulder of an animal, especially of pork. (m)
2. Thigh of breeches; pantalets. (m)

"Thanksgiving you end up having to spend alone in your apartment because you can't face your mom and the idea of accepting other people's charity makes you furious.  The ex, as you're now calling her, always cooked: a turkey, a chicken, a pernil."

 - Junot Díaz, "The Cheater's Guide to Love", New Yorker 23 July 2012

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