Date: Sun, 8 Oct 1995 23:35:17 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: PEAS
Russell King writes,
I never did figure out what English peas
are. The only peas I know from are green, snow, or black-eyed.
My impression (I've read or heard this somewhere, and it bears out my own
experience) is that "English peas" is the Southern term for green peas or
what most Americans probably just call "peas." Because in the South (and
this was true in my childhood, in southern Oklahoma with Arkansas parentage),
"peas" standing alone is likely to be understood as black-eyed peas; the less
common green things must be distinguished as "green peas" or "English
and one or two others provided the same information. Now I know why the
non-metric system of measurement is called the English system, as we've been
reading. English obviously = 'unmarked, default, real'.