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Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Thursday, May 15, 2003, 12:38
En réponse à Tristan McLeay :

>Mushrooms pass as food. I'm not sure how,
Just as any kind of food: they are edible and provide pleasure to eat them. Being a fan of mushroom (my father knows many places to pick up rare and delicous mushroom), I can tell you that they are extremely tasty :)) .
> but when you don't eat >mushrooms or olives, it severely limits the variety of pizzas you can >have.
Indeed :)) . I don't eat olives, but they are easy to get out of the pizza anyway ;
> I call mushrooms fungi (the plural of fungus, normally pronounced >in these parts as /faNgai/) to reflect how much I love them.
What ignorance can do to people...
>Fungi includes toadstools, mushrooms, at least one kind of foot disease >and others besides.
A foot disease I've been suffering for years and haven't been able to get rid of yet :((( .
>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.
Because they are poisonous for us, just like you can't eat all species of fish nor all species of animals for similar reasons.
>If I remember correctly, and I probably don't, fungus is a kingdom like >plant or animal. Mushrooms are merely a subset of them.
Or rather, the mushroom is the part of an entity of the fungus kingdom, specifically the reproductive organ. In French the term "champignon" refers to everything (including the foot fungi), but IIRC in English "mushroom" refers only to the edible part of the creature, not to the mycelium (the web-like "roots" of the mushroom which are the actual fungus thing). Christophe Grandsire. You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.


Tristan <kesuari@...>