Getting Beyond the Fat

Interlard is the word I want to talk about today.  But, before I give a definition, I want to give a bit of history about the word.  History is good, right?  No?  Well, I think you might find this tidbit of word history rather interesting.  Rather.

Let’s hop back in time to1533.  Back in those days, interlard meant to mix with alternate layers of fat (before cooking).  Makes sense.  As a prefix, ‘inter’ means between or among.  We all know that lard is fat.  So if you said you were going to interlard something, you meant that in your cooking process,  you would have a layer of fat then a layer of something else (usually lean meat) then another layer of fat and so on.  (For the life of me, I don’t understand why they would want to add fat to lean meat . . . Maybe it was to increase the flavor because they certainly weren’t worried about cholesterol back in those days. . .)

Now let’s time travel to the present day.  Interlard [in-ter-lahrd] is a verb (to be used with an object) that means to diversify by adding or interjecting something unique, striking, or contrasting.  You could write an interior design blog and occasionally interlard it with satirical political cartoons.  Political cartoons definitely contrast the topic of interior design.

You could be with friends having a jolly conversation and then interlard information about how you are saddened by your grandfather’s sudden passing away.

Maybe in an office that is very formal and business-like, there is a quirky picture from a children’s book hanging on the wall.  That picture is interlarded among all the formal trappings of the office.

Maybe your wardrobe is of bright flashy colors — lemon yellow, fuchsia pink, passionate purple.  But then you have one or two stark black blouses.  Those blouses would be interlarded among the other colorful items in your wardrobe.

Maybe your boring days at work are interlarded with exceptionally intriguing tasks that hold your interest for hours at a time.

So, over the years, interlard is no longer connected only to fat (lard).  It has evolved to where it refers to anything that is added that is high in contrast.

Maybe I ought to interlard my writing here with humor.  It would only help. . . .

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