Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know
|From:||Tristan McLeay <kesuari@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 8, 2003, 9:12|
Andreas Johansson wrote:
>Incidentally, what is the difference 'tween "mushroom" and "fungus"?
>Mushrooms pass as food. I'm not sure how, but when you don't eat
mushrooms or olives, it severely limits the variety of pizzas you can
have. I call mushrooms fungi (the plural of fungus, normally pronounced
in these parts as /faNgai/) to reflect how much I love them.
Fungi includes toadstools, mushrooms, at least one kind of foot disease
and others besides.
Toadstools, which I'm guessing is the next question, are
mushroom-looking-like things that even those who pass mushrooms as food
won't eat. They're also what faries sit on. I've never seen a toad
sitting on one.
If I remember correctly, and I probably don't, fungus is a kingdom like
plant or animal. Mushrooms are merely a subset of them.