Date: Fri, 29 Sep 1995 11:24:39 -0400
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: from Lynne re candy
On Thu, 28 Sep 1995, Dennis Baron wrote:
re: Lynne's last comments on (bar of) chocolate--
I've been thinking about Peppermint Patties (by York, not Chas. Schulz),
which are round, about 2.5 in in diameter (how many cm?), wrapped in silver
foil....I can almost taste them....anyway, to me they are definitely not
bars. But what then are they? Patties, I guess, though that doesn't seem
like a label I would use in informally discussing them.
Fascinating comment, which points I think to what the real weirdness is
with these terms. Bar, cup and patty seem to mean very little by
themselves; they have to be modified to make any sense. That's candy, we
can say. But that's a bar, meaning milky way, that's a cup, meaning a
fruit cup, or that's a patty, meaning hamburger, all sound a little weird
since for us the shape of something is not always its primary aspect.
Yes, the first thing "patty" reminds me of is what my cats did all over the
carpet when they were kittens and had terrible aim. "Peppermint patty" is
just plain gross. I always ask for a mint.
Professor of English
Director of Research and Graduate Student Services
Milledgeville, GA 31061
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