Date: Sun, 8 Oct 1995 23:35:17 EDT From: Larry Horn 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 >peas." 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'.