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  • n. Plural form of vegetable.


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  • "Vegetables were the most consistent edible sign of rusticity, even more than dairy products or sausages. As with fruit, we can surmise that nobles and affluent townspeople actually ate more vegetables than the sources allow us to see, but there is no doubt that the upper-class diet was quite unbalanced in the direction of meat and protein. ... Among vegetables, strongly scented root crops like turnips, onions, and parsnips were regarded with particular contempt as characteristic of the diet of the rural poor. ... The degraded life of the peasantry is symbolized by many things, according to their betters: bedraggled clothing, coarse features, dirt--but also by what they eat."

    Paul Freedman, Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination (New Haven and London: Yale UP, 2008), 42.

    November 27, 2017

  • I believe they now have "Big Kids' meals" (unless that's Burger King I'm thinking of), which would include a double hamburger/double-cheeseburger, or probably more nuggets.

    As a simple, inexpensive way to make your child fatter and even more unhealthy... And of course if you order it and you're not a child, it's only slightly smaller than the adult versions (if at all).

    March 26, 2009

  • Sorry, yarb. It's been a long time since I visited a McDonalds...

    March 26, 2009

  • Actually Skip, I believe there's no such thing as a "Big Mac Happy Meal". A Happy Meal is aimed at children (though enjoyed by diners of all ages) and is typically available with hamburger, cheeseburger or Chicken McNuggets. The Big Mac can be purchased a la carte or as part of a Big Mac Meal.

    March 26, 2009

  • *actually likes Big Macs*

    *slinks away in shame*

    March 26, 2009

  • How depressing, bilby. Add two all beef patties (god, I hate that word) and a drink (supersize!) and you've got yourself a Big Mac Happy Meal.

    March 26, 2009

  • Iceberg lettuce is a tool of the devil.

    March 25, 2009

  • Iceberg lettuce? I hope this is not being suggested as one of the ten most compelling reasons to eat more like a vegetarian. Now, a little endive salad with pear, walnuts and gorgonzola, that's a different matter entirely.

    March 25, 2009

  • Wot no rutabaga?

    I notice that four of the five vegetables that Americans eat most are present in a burger and fries.

    And since when have "French fries" been a vegetable in their own right?

    March 25, 2009

  • And did you know that vegetables are fresh fruits (Definition 2)? But sadly, they are only one vegetable.

    March 25, 2009

  • I can cope with WeirdNet #1 and #3's love of disjunction, but 'numerous herbaceous plant'? Who else uses plant as a mass noun?

    March 25, 2009

  • "The number-one reason for eating a plant-rich diet is that it tastes good. The five vegetables that Americans eat most are French fries, tomatoes (mostly as sauce or ketchup), onions, iceberg lettuce, and other potatoes."

    - Bonnie Liebman, Ten Reasons To Eat More Like A Vegetarian,, cited 25 March 2009.

    March 25, 2009