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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 > 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.
Does it include all "mushroom-looking-like" things that're inedible?
> If I remember correctly, and I probably don't, fungus is a kingdom > like > 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. Andreas


John Cowan <jcowan@...>