cactus as a tree?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Mar 10 15:26:19 UTC 2012

On Mar 10, 2012, at 2:45 AM, Larry Sheldon wrote:

> On 3/10/2012 1:12 AM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
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>> Subject:      cactus as a tree?
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>> Even though Tim Egan qualifies it as a description objected to by some,
>> I am wondering if there is /anyone/ who would consider a cactus a tree.
>> This is not a "technically, tomato is a fruit" issue. So, technically,
>> "technically" is also wrong here IMO.
>>> The saguaro cactus, with its droopy, anthropomorphic limbs, is the
>>> signature tree of the Southwest, though some say it is not technically
>>> a tree.
>> Is Egan just making this up or am I being uninformed?
>>      VS-)
> Look through these and tell me what you see.  Saguaro, Cholla, Joshua
> (Maybe not).
Hey, they call it a Joshua tree, not a Joshua "tree".  Of course, it could be argued that despite its moniker a Joshua tree is no more a tree than peanut butter is butter. And then there's phone sex.  But still.


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