When trying to come up with a good 'A' entry for the A-Z Challenge, I thought it might be instructive to consult the dictionary. Even though I knew that 'aardvark' is the first word, I figured it couldn't hurt to look.
Well, surprise, surprise, it wasn't.
When I consulted The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, I saw that the critter which closely resembles the 'Anteater' (another 'A' word!) is not the first entry.
NOTE: Incidentally, I was able to keep that dictionary after Mrs. Penwasser #1 and I divorced.
|That, and this cooler. |
Who says I don't play hardball?
|"No, it's totally a thing. |
Hey, can you check if my mom
is done with those Hot Pockets?"
Just for the heck of it, I looked at another dictionary I have (I am that big a nerd), Webster's Pocket Dictionary of the English Language. While 'aardvark' is a lot closer, it only comes in second after 'aah' ('Exclamation of Joy').
-JoyNOTE: This may not be accurate
So, what word did I come up with? Did you not pay attention to this post's title? The first real word entry I found was 'Aachen.'
|On the way to France. |
I'm sure the German Army was able
to find a nice, clean gas station there.
|Present day Aachen.|
Churches sold separately
Aachen is a town in Western Germany which also goes by the French, Aix-la-Chapelle. This makes me suspect that the French and Germans have fought over it quite a bit in their history. Its population, as of 2012, was 240,086 people and 1,500 churches. It's near France (naturally), Belgium, the Netherlands, and nowhere near Ecuador.
|"Yeah, hi, is this |
the Bubonic Inn Express?
Do you have free HBO?"
Charlemagne, King of the Franks (wait, are they German or are
|Salvio-King of the Franks and Beans|
|NOTE: Charlemagne and buildings not drawn to scale|
Or maybe it did, but I didn't feel like looking it up.
Aachen-Home of Celtic Stuff, Center of Charlemagne's Empire, All I Got
FULL DISCLOSURE: No aardvarks were harmed in the writing of this post.