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vegetable leprosy


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  • "'I never knew a tree could be ugly until I saw a blue-gum: others of the same kind too, with dull, leathery, discouraged leaves and their bark hanging down in great strips, a vegetable leprosy...'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 299

    I don't think it means anything in particular (other than that the speaker doesn't like gum trees), but I love this phrase. It reminds me of the crisper drawer in my refrigerator.

    March 9, 2008

  • I'm campaigning to have crisper drawer renamed the rotter. Might as well be honest about it.

    November 9, 2008

  • See also creeping skerit. Just because it sounds like what this means.

    July 1, 2009