So I’m sitting a professional society board meeting, discussing potential locations for a networking event, and the kitschy Italian restaurant Buca di Beppo comes to mind. One of our group thinks they have a lot of private rooms. “Grottos”, I say. Yes! That’s exactly what they’re like. Small, cave like areas. You could probably guess that grotto comes from the Italian. But did you know it’s related by a historical accident to the word grotesque? Neither did I. It’s much too long a story to include in a bite size post. You probably get the idea though. What do you picture when you hear grotto? I’m sorry to say The Little Mermaid comes to mind for me. When I asked my husband, he said he thinks of an underground lair, and goblins. Hmm. I suppose I can see that. It fascinates me what a particular word, especially one that describes a place, means to different people. In a previous bon mot I talked about the word piazza. For my Aunt Mary that called to mind Spanish steps and walking along Via Condotti. What do you picture when you hear grotto?