mondegreens / Jackson beans

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Dec 11 17:24:13 UTC 2009

In a moment of idleness, my brain told me to Google.  There
apparently are two somethings called "Jackson beans".

1)  Jackson Wonder Beans
Mottled shades of buff and purplish-brown.
Popular in Atlanta and Georgia in the 1880's. Great for Soups.
Illustration and cooking instructions at
(These seem to be the real thing, of the family Leguminosae, that
Maverick might have soaked overnight and cooked the next morning
while camping out.)

But from The Wedge Natural Foods Co-op newsletter of August/September
2005, we hear:
"Where's the Jackson beans? I miss them. Also how about some canned
green beans?"

"Both of these products were discontinued by Westbrae due to
availability issues."

2)  The title of an article in "Food Chemistry", 2006 refers to
"cured vanilla (Vanilla planifolia G. Jackson) beans."  And named
elsewhere in the vernacular; e.g., "3 Jackson beans in each cup about
halfway in the vermiculite were used in this experiment" [on plant growth].
(These are of the family Orchidaceae.)

Now off to write a limerick ...

P.S.  There is also this sentence:  "Note that annotation is often
not needed: for example, regular Jackson beans that Jackson can
introspect can be used without annotations, to produce JSON schema
definition."  From, whoever that is.  About JSON
(JavaScript Object Notation), "a lightweight data-interchange format."


At 12/10/2009 12:59 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>Certainly not famous, not related to sibilants, but perhaps humorous,
>and I finally have an excuse to mention it here:
>For many years, dating back even to when my hearing was better, I had
>incorporated the words to the theme music of the TV program "Maverick" as
>"Livin' on Jackson beans
>Maverick is a legend of the west."
>Seemed like an incomplete diet to me, but maybe that's why he's a legend.
>For the few who may not know the truth, see
>At 12/10/2009 12:26 PM, David Barnhart wrote:
>>I just heard during a pitch for money by an NPR affiliate the statement in
>>part which I am sure was written as .
>>..Six CDs.
>>However, I heard it, in my inimitably sarcastic frame of mind, .
>>..sick CDs.
>>This is no doubt because of phonological juxtaposition of sibilants. ...
>The American Dialect Society -

The American Dialect Society -

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