Subject: Coin-toss brew today From: email@example.com (Message Meister) Date: Mon, 4 Mar 1996 09:53:01 -0500 (EST) Greetings and salutations. Today, some history on the word "coffee". But first, a word from our sponsors. The MMC's revenues are threatened, and we have to do more with less. Thus, we are trying modern manufacturing techniques and using "just-in-time-brewing." Also, this week we will try adding a game of chance to encourage attendance: coin-toss brew. The Czar will brew two different brands for each of the three kinds of coffee. Come show your tasting prowess! Impress your friends and colleagues as a coffee connoisseur! Would one be as ready to drink _chaoua_, _kauhi_, or _coffa_ as _coffee_? Most of these exotic early forms of our word reflect the fact that coffee, though a normal accompaniment to the life of many English speakers, was originally an exotic substance. Coffee came to Europe from the Middle East, where its name was _qahveh_, an Ottoman Turkish pronunciation of Arabic _qahwah_, the Turks having borrowed the word and the drink from the Arabs. The first three forms cited above show the influence of the Middle Eastern words for coffee. Our form _coffee_ results from combining _caffe`_, the italian version of the Middle Eastern word, and the vowel of the Middle Eastern word, represented by _o_. _Coffee_ is first recorded in English in 1601 with the spelling _coffe_. _The American Heritage Dictionary of English Language_, Third Edition, Houghton Mifflin, Boston and New York. Credits: last week's spoof came from the Net, author unknown. Thanks to Jitu (Jitendra Padhye) for the just-in-time observation.