Word of the Day – Nosh

Welcome to the Word of the Day on Grandma Ideas where people are encouraged to improve their vocabulary by learning these great and fun words!I’m sitting at my computer. I just ate a candy bar that is parading as a granola bar.  (The granola bar is covered with chocolate and has peanuts in it and is not much different that a Snickers candy bar.)

It’s just a little nosh to quell my grumbling stomach until lunch time.

Nosh. Isn’t that a great Yiddish word? It makes a great word of the day.

The English language has been enriched by incorporating these wonderful Yiddish words. Cool!

So back to nosh. As a noun, it means a snack.  As a verb, it means to snack or to eat between meals.

So, that granola bar was a nosh since I ate it between meals.

Mothers lean toward trying to make their children avoid any noshes.  Mothers want their children to be hungry at meal time so they will eat their vegetables. Go brocolli (Personally, I’d rather have a chocolate covered, peanut-filled granola bar. Wouldn’t you?)

Grandmothers, on the other hand, sometimes don’t care about stopping grandchildren from eating noshes. Eating noshes with granny is what makes going to her house special. Go, granny, go!

Sometimes, workers need a mid-morning nosh to give them a quick boost of energy.
At least that’s what I tell myself after a trip to the vending machine . . . (Eating a nosh at work fortifies you for the distasteful tasks you have to do.)

When you see a movie, eating a nosh is very appropriate.  Doesn’t popcorn and movies go together like peanut butter and jelly? It enhances your movie going experience.:-)

If you are a frequent flyer, you know that you have to supply your own nosh.  Many airlines don’t give them to you. Voice of experience here.

Now that my children are grown, I don’t have to set a healthy eating example.  I can eat noshes any time of the day I want. Yipee!

There are two ways to introduce this word to your grandchildren. In the middle of the afternoon, you can pull out some little treat and say, “Here, have a nosh.” And then explain it’s meaning. You’re grandkids would then love learning this word of the day!

Or, when a grandchild begs you for a cookie and it’s half-an-hour before supper you can say, “No nosh for you, snookums.” And then explain what a nosh is. (If you do this, say it in a jolly, happy voice. You want your grandkids to enjoy the new word not dread hearing it!)

Happy nosh eating one and all!