December 8, 2009

Jiffy Cook

YJDKIY hasn't had a lot of time to whip up tasty delights lately. So, meals have been pretty boring in these parts. A Heritage Select box mix of basmati pilaf from Earthfare (would have preferred plain basmati, too salty!), kale with garlic rice vinegar, and a Morning Star Farms chick'n patty with a little Ken's Healthy Options Honey Dijon. At least it's better than Chic-fil-A?

Jiffy is used in different applications for various short, very short, or extremely short periods of time. In informal speech a "jiffy" means any unspecified short period of time, as in "I'll be back in a jiffy", but in other contexts it has more precise definitions. The word was originally thieves' cant for lightning. The earliest technical usage for jiffy was defined by Gilbert Newton Lewis (1875-1946). He proposed a unit of time called the "jiffy" which was equal to the time it takes light to travel one centimeter. It has since been redefined for different measurements depending on the field of study.

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