Date: Sun, 8 Oct 1995 16:42:03 -0500 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Re: PEAS > 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 peas." No. "Peas" alone doesn't automatically mean black-eyed peas. "Peas" is the name of a category of food, not a specific kind. In a clear context, like in a cafeteria line that offers only one kind of peas, it would be ok to say "peas," but normally a Southerner would specify English peas or black-eyed peas or lady peas or crowder peas or field peas or whatever. --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]