Date: Sat, 7 Oct 1995 00:35:41 -0700 From: Rima & Kim McKinzey 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. Rima