Zucchini Tropes

The L.A. Times Food section attempts to turn a well-worn trope on its head by insisting that there’s never too much zucchini. Though I normally enjoy any article focused on a single, seasonal ingredient, does rhapsodic praise of the goods at the Santa Monica farmer’s market really never get old?

My own zucchini – the one I planted to ensure a yield of something from my garden – has output precisely one (1) zucchini and has a rather severe case of leaf mold. So this isn’t, you know, jealousy speaking or anything.


  1. des wrote:

    I still have to map that one to “courgette” to have any idea what you lot are on about. When I was a kid we had an allotment and we used to grow courgettes, except we didn’t cos they’d always get left till they were marrow size.
    As a devout child, of course, I wasn’t having any of that vegetable rubbish anyway. The only veg we grew that I ate was potatoes, and that is pathologically stupid on clay soil, given the price of potatoes.

  2. yami wrote:

    “Zucchini” is a straightforward coinage from Italian, really, and is just the same word as “courgette” if you allow for variation in diminutives. If you put half as much effort into Low Romantish as you do Scandiwegian, you wouldn’t need such redundant mappings

  3. des wrote:

    How is “courg(e)-” like “zuc(c)-”? You’re going to need to frob the voicing _and_ invoke metathesis, surely?
    As it happens, my fruit ‘n’ veg vocab is pretty negligible in all languages that aren’t Engleesh, as well as some that are.

  4. yami wrote:

    It’s all from Latin “cucurbita” (or Late Latin “cucutia” which I’m pretending is the same thing) but I don’t pretend to know what happened along the way – I certainly don’t put half the effort into Low Romantish that you put into Scandiwegian.

  5. des wrote:

    I want to be a Germaniciste when I grow up, though, so it’s all vair practical. I’m only guessing, but I would imagine that relatively few rocks speak any kind of Romantisch.

  6. yami wrote:

    None at all that I know of. Some rocks speak limited Hawaiian but that is easily covered in the introductory coursework for volcanologistes.

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