59. A little advice from Nora Ephron

(Still from the film You've Got Mail)

I always try to get the word ‘garnish’ into a movie.Nora Ephron

I agree with this comment and am happy to hear that a quirky female writer like Nora Ephron thinks about something as unusual as inserting the word garnish into her screenplays.  In my opinion, the word “garnish” isn’t used enough in the media, or everyday jargon, for that matter.  Did you know there are a variety of definitions of the word?

gar·nish

[gahr-nish]

verb (used with object)

1. to provide or supply with something ornamental; adorn;decorate.
2. to provide (a food) with something that adds flavor,decorative color, etc.: to garnish boiled potatoes with chopped parsley.
3. Law .

a. to attach (as money due or property belonging to adebtor) by garnishmentgarnishee.
b. to summon in, so as to take part in litigation already pending between others.
Who knew someone could be a “garnishee?”  You learn something new every day.  I think I’ll garnish my hair with a bow this afternoon.  Oh, garnish, how you inspire me!
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