I’ve never gotten the appeal of fruitcake. Even Carla Kelly’s Regencies with their Christmas pudding never sold me. But today I saw the biggest fruitcake I’ve ever seen at a café in Coimbra.
And when I walked past the same pasteleria on my way home after a day of tourist-ing, about 2/3 of it was gone.
Which makes me wonder if I’m missing something. Maybe for a coffee break tomorrow I’ll stop in and try it. Or one of the other amazing looking pastries.
Has the meaning of nonplussed morphed? Back in grade school, it was a vocabulary word that meant confused or surprised to the point of being uncertain how to react. I’ve read A LOT of fan fiction that misused it in place of nonchalant. Has that caused the meaning to morph, at least colloquially in North America, to calm/casual/nonchalant? I just read an ESPN article that used it in a context that is definitely the latter.
Or maybe that’s just more poor editing from ESPN.