quiescent and deliquescent

My morning names for 1/26 (yes, my posting queue is absurdly backed up; life has been hard). quiescent came to me first, in connection with popsicles, with deliquescent immediately following. I’ll post about deliquescence first, because there’s less to say; quiescence, on the other hand, plays an important role in some earlier, rather remarkable, postings on this blog (naked male buttocks are involved, so the Creamsicle portion of this posting might not suit all readers).

deliquescence.  Two very similar definitions of the adjective deliquescent:

From NOAD:

[a] becoming liquid, or having a tendency to become liquid. [b] Chemistry (of a solid) tending to absorb moisture from the air and dissolve in it. ORIGIN late 18th century: from Latin deliquescent- ‘dissolving’, from the verb deliquescere ‘to dissolve’).

From the Vocabulary site on WordPress on 7/25/10:

on deliquescent: (especially of certain salts) becoming liquid by absorbing moisture from the air

By its nature, deliquescence is not particularly photogenic, so I have no cool images to show you.

quiescence. From NOAD:

Adj quiescent: in a state or period of inactivity or dormancy: strikes were headed by groups of workers who had previously been quiescent | quiescent ulcerative colitis.

But what does that have to do with food? That would be via ice pops. From Wikipedia:

(#1) An assortment of Popsicle® ice pops

An ice pop is a water or milk-based quiescently frozen snack on a stick. Unlike ice cream or sorbet, which are whipped while freezing to prevent ice crystal formation, an ice pop is frozen while at rest [while quiescent] and becomes a solid block of ice.

Then to ice pops combined with ice cream. From my 10/17/18 posting “PUMP!ing it up”, on the Creamsicle Access Trunk (in the Access line of men’s underwear, so-called because it provides open access to the wearer’s buttocks); and on the Creamsicle — Popsicle-ice frozen exterior, vanilla ice cream interior — originally in orange flavored ice (hence the color of PUMP!’s underwear line), though now in a variety of flavors; with a section on Popsicles, Creamsicles, and Fudgsicles:

(#2) Orange Creamsicles

(#3) The Creamsicle Access Trunk — a Creamsicle realized as an item of men’s underwear (in this case, with chocolate rather than vanilla ice cream filling)

Follow-up on this Creamsicle posting in my 6/19/19 posting “The Magnificent WaterSports”, where I note:

Popsicles are, of course, classic phallic symbols (especially powerful symbolically because you put them in your mouth and suck on them and eat them), and when you add cream (slang for ‘semen’) to the name, you have Gay Delight. (If you like orange ice, as I do, even better.)



One Response to “quiescent and deliquescent”

  1. Gadi Says:

    At some point my brothers and I noticed the phrase “quiescently frozen dairy confections” on the box of Fudgsicles. Pretty soon we took to asking “Could you get me a QFDC?”

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