Word of the Day Archive
Thursday November 20, 2003
, transitive verb:
To insert between; to mix or mingle; especially, to introduce something foreign or irrelevant into; as, "to interlard a conversation with oaths or allusions."
Every night we lined up books on the floor, interlarding mine with his before putting them on the shelves.
-- Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
At home, she made herself understood in Friulian, but on jaunts with her mother around the village, conversations were interlarded with Italian, German, and Slovenian.
-- Patricia Albers, Shadows, Fire, Snow
But should a grave preacher interlard his discourses with such fooleries?
-- Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Interlard comes from Middle French entrelarder, from Old French, from entre, "between" (from Latin inter-) + larder, "to lard," from larde, "lard," from Latin lardum. The original sense of the word, now obsolete, was "to place lard or bacon amongst; to mix, as fat meat with lean."