[Ads-l] Transparent pie

Horatius 00000e76b69c74bf-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Mon Nov 30 14:16:19 UTC 2020

In Cantonese we have an expression 食西北風 - eat the northwestern wind. This expression is used when someone goes to a windy place

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On 30 Nov 2020, 21:10, Mark Mandel wrote:

> Sorry, I don't remember where I say w this on the web, a month ago or more:
> When traveling in southern US, I asked about which pie was on the menu at a
> little diner.
> "Transparent pie, honey"
> I tried to imagine a transparent pie. Could only the server see it? Maybe
> it has transparent calories? But finally I had to ask the waitress.
> "Why its transparent pie, hon!"
> Being dense, I needed a clearer understanding and asked once more..
> "Just like peekan pie without the peekans!"
> <<<<<
> I have to wonder at the eye dialect spelling "peekans". Maybe the writer
> was only familiar with /pə'kænz/.
> Mark A. Mandel
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