Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 4 01:46:17 UTC 2011

On Tue, May 3, 2011 at 4:44 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> At 5/3/2011 04:25 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>>At first, thanks to increasing presbyopia, I read the word as
>>_pornophobe_, an obvious oxymoron.
>>But, "hates apples?" I don't get it.
> As in "pome, n.1." =
> "1.a. †A fruit of the apple kind, or one shaped
> like an apple (obs. except in a technical sense:
> see 1b); an apple (now poet. and rare)."
> b. Bot. The type of fruit that is characteristic
> of the apple ( Malus domestica), the pear ( Pyrus
> communis), and related members of the family
> Rosaceae, which consists of a fleshy, enlarged
> receptacle enclosing a tough central core (the
> true fruit), formed from several united carpels and containing the seeds."
> (Or perhaps a fear of kings and cabbages. Â Or
> meatballs. Â (See other definitions s.v.)
> Joel
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Thanks. Joel! I got it now.

I should have been able to make the connection. When I was in high
school, white bucks were known as "fruit boots," as opposed to the
cooler - but, nevertheless, lagging in popularity - blue suedes.

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