bowl and doily

Doily (noun)-a usually round cloth or paper that has a decorative pattern made of many small holes

In The Sweet Life in Paris, David Lebovitz described his experience of being converted to a hot chocolate fan at Pâtisserie Viennoise, a cafe that put emphasis on food rather than looks. Visitors were warned not to expect any gilded decorations or pieces of dainty papers under their beverages.

Lebovitz’s book was a quick and easy read. I expected a romanticized, grass-is-always-greener view from an American living abroad in Europe like so many Francophile chefs out there. The book confirmed my suspicion but was also surprisingly lighthearted. Wry and self-deprecating, Lebovitz’s sense of humor evokes the writing style of David Sedaris.

The word doily can be spelled in many ways: doiley, doilie, doyly, and doyley. If the second and third letters could be either “oi” or “oy” and the last two could be “ly” or “ey” or “ie,” there could be six (2×3) different ways of spelling this word. “Doylie” is then missing from the wiki page.


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