Date: Fri, 29 Sep 1995 11:24:39 -0400 From: Wayne Glowka 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. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]