We used to be able to buy tortillas in better supermarkets. They can’t be found anymore and this might be a consequence of our struggling economy.
I tried to make a Mexican dish using pita bread, and didn’t like the outcome. Pita bread and tortillas are not interchangeable. Tortillas were originally made from maize, and by originally I mean dating back to about 10,000 BCE. Spanish explorer Cortez wrote about this Mexican bread in a 1520 letter to King Charles V of Spain. Just a little later, when the exiled Sephardi Jews arrived in New Spain (today’s Mexico) they thought corn meal was non-kosher and used wheat they brought from Europe. And that’s basically why we have two kinds of tortillas.
Lots of countries in the Mediterranean and Asia have flatbread similar to tortillas, but nobody makes such flavorful, colorful dishes out of them. Flatbread is always flat, and never puffy. Flatbread does not contain yeast, and is always made in a skillet.
We eat a lot of pita bread in Brazil. Pita bread is made from wheat, contains yeast, and originated in the Near East in about 1200 BCE. Pita bread is typically softer than tortillas, and is always baked in an oven. Pitas can be opened to make pockets, which are great to fill.
I suggest that if you want to make Mexican food, buy wraps, a newer kind of flatbread. There are many kinds of wraps on the market, some made with yeast and some not, some flavored and some not. Wraps substitute tortillas nicely.
FYI is an acronym, and an acronym is a word formed by combining the first letters of each word of a name, such as NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) that is frequently seen in the news. Another one you probably know is AIDS, which is an acronym for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Sometimes acronyms are pronounced as a word as in NATO and AIDS, and sometimes the letters are pronounced individually, such as FYI (for your information). And most of the time they are not even pronounced, as they are used mostly in social media, business communication and Internet. But we do hear CNN (Cable News Network) reporters saying ASAP frequently, which means As Soon As Possible and is hard to pronounce.
Sometimes acronyms become words, such as the word scuba. Everybody knows that word, but few know it started out as an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
Another acronym that became a word is laser, which began as the acronym Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Most of us are very pleased that these two words became acronyms.
For now, try to incorporate FYI and ASAP into your daily communications, and don’t spend too much time remembering what AIDS and LASER and SCUBA really mean. But you should be able to recognize NATO as it has become a big issue in North America and Europe.
Here are six business acronyms that you should know if you are a businessperson, and maybe aspire to if you are in middle management. Which one would be the lowest stress and the highest salary?