Date: Sat, 7 Oct 1995 08:29:05 -0400 From: Seth Sklarey 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 > > 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. Seth