Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 10:00:42 EST From: Arnold Zwicky Subject: Re: mangoes=peppers Rima McKinzey asks: >Ok, now I'm curious. If there are all these folks who call green peppers >mangoes, what do they then call mangoes? And do they call other bell/sweet >peppers that aren't green also mangoes? to the first question: "fruit mangoes". the culturally marked item gets more linguistic material to the second question: at least in central ohio, yes. folks who have lived here all their lives seem genuinely puzzled by "sweet pepper" (and, unless they're serious gardeners, by "bell pepper"). but though most mangoes are green, some are red or yellow. my partner is deeply averse to sweet peppers, and he's also pretty nearly deaf, so the task of ensuring that restaurant food is free of sweet peppers falls to me. this is exceedingly difficult, because there's no way to guess at the linguistic experience of servers (and, then, it sometimes turns out that they don't know what's in the dishes they're serving anyway). i usually start by asking if some dish has peppers in it, not hot peppers, but sweet peppers (providing a hint towards what "sweet pepper" means). if that doesn't work, i ask about mangoes and green peppers. arnold (zwicky[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE], who was shocked many years ago on first being offered mango pizza