Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know
|From:||Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 8, 2003, 16:29|
Quoting Tristan McLeay <kesuari@...>:
> 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
> in these parts as /faNgai/) to reflect how much I love them.
> Fungi includes toadstools, mushrooms, at least one kind of foot
> and others besides.
> Toadstools, which I'm guessing is the next question, are
> mushroom-looking-like things that even those who pass mushrooms as
> won't eat. They're also what faries sit on. I've never seen a toad
> sitting on one.
Does it include all "mushroom-looking-like" things that're inedible?
> If I remember correctly, and I probably don't, fungus is a kingdom
> plant or animal. Mushrooms are merely a subset of them.
Well, I shan't be pontificating on English terminology here, but I do believe
that "fungus" is the English term for the relevant kingdom.