Date: Sat, 7 Oct 1995 08:29:05 -0400

From: Seth Sklarey crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IPOF.FLA.NET

Subject: Re: green/string beans

Thanks for the explanation, Rima. Around here they are definitely

"string beans," though I recognize "green beans" as a variant (whereas,

for example, both "green onion" and "spring onion" feel like alien

terms for what I call "scallions"), but they have no strings, which

is convenient.

My mother always said "string beans" and also scallions. It was a while

before I more often than not said green beans and green onions. Spring

onions still sound alien to me too. I also grew up with chick peas - and

it was quite a while before I realized that garbanzos were the same thing.


In the Bahmama they have pigeon peas, which appear to be a small green pea

but not as developed. Peanuts in the south are called goober peas. The

green giant in the 1960's wanted peas on earth. The way to catch a polar bear

is to cut a hole in the ice, the diameter of a polar bear, and circle the

perimeter with green peas. When the polar bear comes up to take a pea, you

hit it in the head.