Then he threw on the deck before us whole handfuls of frozen words, which looked like crystallized sweets of different colours.
We saw some words gules [red ermine in heraldry], or gay quips, some vert [green], some azure [blue], some sable [yellow], and some or [gold]. When we warmed them a little between our hands, they melted like snow, and we actually heard them, though we did not understand them, for they were in a barbarous language.
Francois Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel. Trans. J. M. Cohen. London: Penguin, 1955. First published in French in 1530-1534. p.569