May 2, 2002

Post #1478 – 20020502


So, I’m visiting Riga, the capital city of Latvia, sitting in Dome Square, reading Uncle Boris in the Yukon out loud to my friend, Meghan, and neither of us ever heard the word “soubriquet” before. We are both curious and stumped. We would have asked one of the passing Latvians, but my vocabulary is limited to “Where’s the bathroom?” and “nice beer”.

Your stories are the best take-with-you-when-you-travel-stories ever.



Daniel replies:

It's compressed charcoal dust, used in outdoor cooking, and sometimes hurled instead of an epithet, known by various appelations and nicknames, such as 'soubies,' and 'briquies.'

What did the Latvians say when you asked where the bathroom was?