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  • I knew about the Peruvian/Andean practice of chewing coca leaves with lime, but didn't know this word:

    "'I thought we should have to turn back, but the headman led us to something of a shelter among the rocks, took out his pouch of coca and his box of lime and passed them round. We each chewed a ball—an acullico, we call it—and then, resuming our burdens with the greatest ease, we walked fast up the cruel slope through the driving snow...'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 178

    February 21, 2008