Archive for the ‘Language and food’ Category

At the noodle bar

February 7, 2016

The Saturday (February 6th) Rhymes With Orange:


Ah, a noodle bar — one in which the customer picks a type of pasta and a type of sauce. There are in fact such places, though they seem not to be called noodle bars.



January 31, 2016

The lunch special at Reposado (elegant Mexican in Palo Alto) on the 28th was billed as the seafood dish mariscada: some white rice in the middle of a plate, heaped with bits of seafood of many kinds (shrimp, mussels, lobster, and more) with some wonderful broth to keep it all from being too dry, enough to bring it close to being classifiable as a seafood stew, which is the label given to mariscada in many sources. Just fabulous. Here’s a version that’s clearly in stew territory:



Three Thursday cartoons

January 28, 2016

From today’s feed: a Zits, a Rhymes With Orange, and another rich Zippy:





The news for penises, issue #1 of 2016

January 5, 2016

A continuing series on this blog, with at least 9 postings before this under the heading  “The news for penises” (plus a great many other penis postings not under that heading). Four items that have come to me in the past few days: an ad for gay porn with some phonological play in it;  horse penises in Kyrgyzstan; beef whistle as a slang term for the penis; and the celebrated candiru fish of the Amazon.



December 29, 2015

Yesterday the lunch special at Reposado in Palo Alto was green shrimp posole, a hominy stew with shrimp as its central feature (and with other shellfish in the stew) and with green sauce (salsa verde, made with tomatillos). Fabulous.

So tomatillo was today’s morning name, but for an entirely explicable reason.

I’m going to focus on tomatillos here, but first some words on posole.


Morning name: camellia

December 26, 2015

A few days ago, this name of a very pretty bush that is widely grown around here in California. The next day I realized that I pass a sasanqua (Camellia sasanqua), much like the one pictured below, twice a day at lunchtime, but only reflected on this consciously when talking with a friend who was walking with me.


These are single-flowering. There are double-flowered varieties (mostly in Camellia japonica), and there’s also tea bush or tree (Camellia sinensis), whose leaves supply us with the tea we drink.


Odds and ends 12/20/15

December 20, 2015

(There’s some gay sex stuff in the last section, not for kids or the sexually modest.)

Four items that have come my way recently, all with some language play in them. Two are Christmas-related: a Green Eggs and Ham tie and a Rhymes With Orange cartoon. One has a jokey wine label. One has a wonderful invented name for a gay pornstar (and that leads to Arab characters in gay porn).


X queen

December 19, 2015

I’ll be posting mostly about a family of snowclonelet composites of the form X queen, in which the queen component is a word going back to Old English, with the meaning ‘woman, wife’, though a lot of history has intervened. Eventually we get to things like

the gay partner-preference snowclonelet X queen, denoting ‘gay man who prefers Y men as romantic or sexual partners’, where Y is a class of people and where X refers to something, typically a food, associated with Y

— for example, rice queen, denoting a man, typically white, with a preference for partners who are East Asians or of East Asian descent (given that rice is a characteristic food of East Asians).


Dev Hynes

December 12, 2015

In the Goings On About Town section of the December 14th New Yorker, this fine photo (by Charlie Engman) of an intense Dev Hynes, in dreadlocks and a black leather ballcap, kneeling, one leg splayed out, cradling his cello.



Olneyville New York System

December 3, 2015

Today’s Zippy takes us to the Providence RI area:


There are two Olneyville New York System Hot Weiners [so spelled on the signs] establishments in the Providence area. This one is the first, now on Plainfield St. in Providence. (The second is in Cranston RI.) And I have in fact posted on these places in this blog, in “Wieners” of 10/31/10, with no Zippy involvement.



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