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Poem: "Palimpsest Candy"
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eseme From: eseme Date: February 11th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
That is a great commentary on language. We have so many of those expressions that stay around long after the original phrase no longer has cultural meaning.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 11th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I love fossil phrases like that. I imagined a conversation going something like this...

Child: "What's a sugarplum?"
Mom: "It was an Old Earth treat made from sugar and plums -- that is, refined sucrose and a type of purple fruit."
Child: "Wasn't refined sucrose sort of toxic?"
Mom: "Well, yes ... it took people a while to figure that out."
Child: "Eeewww."
Mom: *sigh* "Just imagine it a dried whatselberry instead."
Child: "Mom, 'whatselberry' doesn't scan."
Mom: *SIGH* "Hence the sugarplums."
Child: "Okay. Can we read A Christmas Carol next?"
Mom: *facepalm*
eseme From: eseme Date: February 11th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Ha!

I love that dialogue.
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