HAPPY EARTH(BENDING) DAY!
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OK…so at sushi places, you can get edamame. Edamame are cooked, salted soybean pods. This dish is called “edamame.” We didn’t have a word for it in English so we use the Japanese word. The beans, however, we have a word for…they are soybeans. We call them soybeans.
Something sinister happened a few years ago and now I can’t tell the guy at the salad place that I want soybeans on my salad without him looking at me like my face fell off.
"Oh, you mean edamame beans?"
"NO! I DON’T MEAN ‘EDAMAME BEANS’ BECAUSE THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS EDAMAME BEANS! AND I DON’T WANT EDAMAME EITHER BECAUSE WHY WOULD I WANT UNSHELLED SOYBEANS ON MY SALAD THAT I AM GOING TO EAT WITH A FORK! I MEAN SOYBEANS! THOSE THINGS THAT WE HAVE HAD A PERFECTLY GOOD ENGLISH WORD FOR FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS THAT HAS THREE FEWER SYLLABLES THAN EDAMAME BEANS!"
Edamame (枝豆) actually means ’soybean’ in Japanese. Meaning roughly ‘twig bean’, it refers to soybeans in general. The English usage is narrowed specifically to refer to the side dish preparation that you usually find at restaurants.
So, in a way, the salad guy is right, even though he is ultimately saying ‘soybean beans’.
Monument Valley is Out Today!
Written by Elliott Finn
Remember that stunning, Escher-inspired puzzle game for iOS that you saw the trailer for a few months ago? Well, you can play it right now!
Science is coming.
The Fire Day Festival poster I made, with calligraphy by S.L. Lee, PhD, for the ATLA Book 1 episode “The Deserter,” way back in August of 2005.