Tuesday, September 06, 2016



  1. From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

    Elder \El"der\, n. [OE. ellern, eller, AS. ellen, cf. LG.
    elloorn; perh. akin to OHG. holantar, holuntar, G. holunder;
    or perh. to E. alder, n.] (Bot.)
    A genus of shrubs (Sambucus) having broad umbels of white
    flowers, and small black or red berries.
    [1913 Webster]

    Note: The common North American species is Sambucus
    Canadensis; the common European species (S. nigra)
    forms a small tree. The red-berried elder is S.
    pubens. The berries are diaphoretic and aperient. The
    European elder (Sambucus nigra) is also called the
    elderberry, bourtree, Old World elder, black
    elder, and common elder.
    [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

    So that's why there aren't also youngsterberries....


    (Full disclosure: I had to look up the meaning of aperient--I always like discovering words I didn't know.)

  2. Where in the hell is a giant meteor when you really need one? The world has devolved to the point of madness. I can't stand it any more.

  3. Hmmm. What can one write on the heels of those first two messages? ;-)

    It's a world gone crazy, Susan. Yet it is also a world with the beauty of the Elderberry.

    (How's that?)

  4. Round here, what we do with Elderberries is make jelly. Scuppernong jelly is fine, too. One day at a time Susan.