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Word of the Week--"sugar"
Definition----any of a class of water-soluble crystalline carbohydrates that typically have a sweet taste and are often used to sweeten desserts, soft drinks, and candies.
Discussion--Sugar is sweet and rots the teeth. This seemingly innocent substance provides the sweet taste so many of us crave. In excess, however, most agree it is a bad thing, both for the teeth and the diet. Too avoid these concerns, many use a sugar substitute, sacchrin, that is calorie free and does not induce cavities. Interestingly, though while sugar is often used as a term of endearment, sacchrine is more typically used to refer to something or someone who is being cloying sweet--maybe because the chemical substance sacchrin is more potent than its natural counterpart.  

Etymology--Sugar comes from the Sanskrit sarkara. The Arabs made the first sugar refinery around 1000 AD on the island of Crete which they renamed Qandi. In Arabic Qandi means crystallized sugar and is the basis for the English word candy.

The terms in the languages below all have the same Sanskrit derivation.

   Foreign Translations
German:  Zucker (m)
Dutch:  suiker (de)
French:  sucre (m)
Italian: zucchero
Spanish: az˙car

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