“I need a cup of tea,” my friend Roy sighed, “a cup of REAL tea!”
Perhaps it was the emphasis on the word real that piqued his companion’s interest. “What’s up with that?” she asked, “You dry any leaves, stems, flowers, whatever; put them in hot water for a couple minutes and you have tea, right?”
Instead of correcting Pam on her common assumption that any plant material steeped in water is “tea”, I reflected on my career as an English and speech communication teacher. American English contains misconstructions that are so prevalent in daily speech that virtually every listener understands the speaker perfectly, although the word combination is confusing to the English language learner. The phrase “I could care less,” comes to mind. Given the tone of voice and the discussion at hand, the language learner is confused because the nonverbal cues indicate the speaker clearly couldn’t care less. Another misusage that has gained locomotive momentum is the adverb literally. An acquaintance moans, “I was literallyclimbing the walls!” This writer will wager a 100-gram cake of the finest pu’erh that you will NEVER hear “How was the view on top of the wall?” Native speakers understand that the speaker was restless and bored so that she was figuratively climbing the walls. Imagine what all the waiting rooms in America would look like if every person who said they were climbing the walls literallydid just that? Foam floors, hand- and foot-holds in the wall . . .
But I digress.
“So,” Roy fixes his steely gaze on me, “you’re the tea geek. Real tea is like the real thing and that other stuff is herbal tea, right?” Before I answered, I thought again of the vagaries of language and if this one – tea as a generic term for all hot beverages made with steeped plant material – was in the same class. It’s all in the adjectives, right? Chamomile, spearmint, raspberry leaf, rose hips, licorice root, clover blossom, black, green, oolong. . . followed by the noun tea. I decided to settle for the short answer, lest I provoke that glazed-over want-to-climb-the-walls look of terminal boredom.
“Realtea geeks consider only the leaves, buds, and stems of camellia sinensis as tea. All the herbal concoctions are tisanes, also referred to as ‘herbal tea.’ ” Basking in my newfound powers of brevity for just a moment or two, I couldn’t help but wonder: Does it matter that the term tea has become generic? Is it a matter of education?
“Now, would you like real tea, Roy? And perhaps a tisane for you, Pam?” I opened a fresh parcel of Doke Black Fusion and laid out an assortment of Stash tisanes as the water reached a boil. One cup at a time.
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Allow me to introduce you to your new favourite show to binge watch on Netflix. Kim’s Convenience is a CBC comedy about a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store in downtown Toronto. The sitcom is based on Ins Choi’s award-winning play. The moment I began watching the show I instantly regretted not doing so sooner. I actually started watching Kim’s Convenience because of an interaction on this Instagram post that featured Janet, played by the hilarious Andrea Bang, chugging a mug of tea. Andrea Bang was born and raised in Burnaby, B.C and like her character, she grew up around tea. In fact, tea plays a huge role in her acting career today. At the tea table Andrea opened up about her childhood tea moments, her favourite steeps, which character from Kim’s Convenience she would share a cup of tea with and more.
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Two Types of Major College scholarships
Just before we get in composition, let me define what i’m saying by a ‘major’ scholarship. You can find two major types We are focusing on. The foremost is the kind that promises more than just bucks. These free college funding also include unique mentoring, enrichment experiences, management development, study opportunities, embraced experiences by using a cohort connected with fellow historians, and/or entrance to an is in program. Any some of these activities might be marketed in addition to a whole (or close full) journey to college. Could possibly be anywhere from some to 52 scholarships to go around for each inbound class in various colleges in the United States (the Stamps President’s Scholarship from Georgia Tech falls straight into this category).
The second type scholarship is one of expensive or perhaps most exclusive scholarship within a particular university. It’s not unconventional to find some or 20 of these scholarships or grants sitting there with the students considered ‘the good the best’ in the newly arriving class. Requirements for line is often very scholastically focused, but is not exclusively. Bonuses beyond financing for the cost of attendance usually are hit or miss, typically miss (though sometimes these come with admission to an recognizes program).