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Word of the day: confection.

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A confection is a sweet treat, like a dessert or candy. The verb confect involved putting lots of different things together, in the general sense. Yesterday’s confections were churned out not by pastry chefs but by chemists. Years later, a confection was briefly a lethal potion. The confectioner uses a lot of powdered sugar, which is why our term for the dusting sugar is confectioners’ sugar.

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