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THE QUOTABLE NUT

Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on February 13, 2012

Nuts are such a part of our everyday existence they even turn up in a host of quotations by authors, playwrights, poets, philosophers, and clergy.

Here are just a few that might bring you a chuckle, raise your hackles, or offer a moment of thoughtful reflection:

If .. ‘Ifs and buts’ were candy and nuts…oh, what a party we would have.” –H. Bergh

“Worldly riches are like nuts; many a tooth is broke in cracking them, but never is the stomach filled with eating them.” –Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

“I’m Charley’s aunt from Brazil–Where the nuts come from.”
‘Charley’s Aunt’ (1892) A play by Bradon Thomas.

“It takes 50000 nuts to put a car together, but only one to scatter them all over the road.”
– Darryl Somers

“I said to the almond tree, ”Friend, speak to me of God,” and the almond tree blossomed.”
–Nikos Kazantzakis

Almond blossom, sent to teach us
That the spring days soon will reach us.

– -Sir Edwin Arnold, Almond Blossoms

“A woman, a dog and a walnut tree, the more you beat them, the better they be”
–Thomas Fuller

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FAMOUS POETS GO NUTS ABOUT . . .

Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on May 18, 2009

What is it about nuts that inspires literary figures to describe them as idiosyncratic as humans—or to at least hold them up to our human mirror and make us think twice about some of the things we say or do.

Here are a few delightful nut quotations and poems from well-known poets to make you smile or, perhaps, ponder the mighty nut tree:

Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:The Village Smithy

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Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me:
There lie they, and here lie we
Under the spreading chestnut tree.
–George Orwell (1903–1950), British author. popular song, in Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 1, ch. 7, and passim (1949).

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Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;
If I cannot carry forests on my back,
Neither can you crack a nut.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. poet, essayist. The Mountain and the Squirrel (l. 17–19).

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In a good play every speech should be as fully flavoured as a nut or apple.
–J.M. (John Millington) Synge (1871–1909), Irish poet, dramatist. The Playboy of the Western World, introduction (1907).

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I had a little nut-tree, nothing would it bear
But a golden nutmeg and a silver pear;
–Mother Goose

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WILL THE REAL NUT PLEASE STAND UP?

Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on May 11, 2009

I’ve often wondered how so many slang expressions connecting nuts to craziness came into being and decided to do a little digging. Here are some expressions we often encounter and sometimes even use when dealing with perfectly normal people who seem to sometimes act unreasonably.

He’s a total nut.
You’re nuts!
That’s a nutty idea!
She’s a bonafide nutcase.
That’s the nuttiest thing I ever heard!
Check out that nutter.
They’re completely nuts.
You’re off your nut!
They’re nutty as a fruitcake.
You belong in the nuthouse!
I’m nuts about him.
Nuts to you!
That’s pure nuttiness!
One is nuttier than the other!
Have you gone nutso!
Who let you out of the nuthatch?

The dictionary was a great start. My Webster’s New World Dictionary explains the adjective “nuts” in the following way: [Slang] crazy; foolish –interj. [Slang] an exclamation of disgust, scorn, disappointment, refusal, etc; often in the phrase “nuts to someone or something”—be nuts about [Slang] . 1. To be greatly in love with 2. To be very enthusiastic about.

The word “nutty” is explained as
1. Containing or producing many nuts
2. having a nutlike flavor
3. [Slang] a) enthusiastic, often to excess. b) queer, foolish, crazy, etc.

The slang for “nut” opens another line of thought. According to my trusty dictionary, [Slang] a) the head b) the testicles; a vulgar usage . [Slang] a) a foolish, crazy, or eccentric person b) a devotee; fan
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The AnswerBag contained a post explaining that the word “nutty,” referring to insane, was first recorded in England in 1821. Nutter is an English expression attributed to a person who is “mad,” yet another expression for crazy.

In his April 10, 2006 article “What Makes Nuts So Crazy?” posted on Slate, Daniel Engber mentions nuts in a few striking quotes. On the subject of Iran and the U.S. possibility of a nuclear strike, reporter Seymour Hersh quotes a former intelligence officer as saying that the Iranians “are nuts, and there’s no reason to back off.” Another comment came from a diplomat who told Hersh that there are weapons inspectors who believe the Iranians are “nutcases—one hundred per cent totally certified nuts.” The British see the issue quite differently with Foreign Secretary Jack Straw considering a nuclear strike “completely nuts.” Engber poses the question, “How did ‘nuts’ get to mean ‘crazy’?”

Engber tells us that the British of the late 19th century used the expression “nuts” in cases where they found something was enjoyable. They used expressions like being “nuts on something” and “crazy on something.” In the 20th century Americans eliminated the word “on” after the word “nuts” and “nuts” became a synonym for crazy. Obviously, Jack Straw’s use of the word “nuts” did not mean that he felt bombing Iran was enjoyable. He was echoing the American usage of equating “nuts” with crazy.

The word “nut” became a mid-1800s slang term referring to the head. Engber says that if you were told you were “off your nut,” it was pretty clear you were crazy.

My Webster’s New World Dictionary defines the term “screwy” as a slang expression for mentally unbalanced; crazy. Engber’s article explains that psychologist Timothy Anderson discovered that the word “nut” at one time referred to the head of the penis and later became connected to a man’s head, and following that, the testicle. It begins to make sense that the term “screw” referred to sexual intercourse during the time “screwy” was a common term. Expressions like “so and so went bananas” and “so and so is nutty as a fruitcake” were terms that appeared some time after the word “fruit” became associated with homosexuality.
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Regarding the connection between nut and testicle, the December 23, 1950 issue of New Yorker contains the quote, “On the N.B.C. network, it is forbidden to call any character a nut; you have to call him a screwball.”

Nuts and crazy have become so commonly intertwined that we see everyday examples in the news, internet blogs, and even book titles. A perfect example is the book by Kevin Freiberg and Jackie Freiberg titled Nuts!: Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success. The book tells the success story of Herb Kelleher who reinvented air travel with a bit of creativity and savvy marketing.

On HubPages prominently placed at the top is the headline “Rush Limbaugh is REALLY Crazy (“nuts” would be a better word)”

Even GameGecko.com, an internet game website, latched onto a catchy name for its featured game “Crazy Nut.”

A post by Henry Fernandez on the May 11, 2009 AlterNet mentioned a recent post by ThinkProgress discussing a far-right conservative contingency that expressed concern about President Obama’s choice of Harold Koh for Legal Adviser to the Department of State. Fernandez says, “Their nutty views have been trumped up by Fox News and the New York Post with extremist Glenn Beck leading the charge.“ Beck was quoted from his appearance on Fox News after expressing strong opposition to Harold Koh, “There is a big debate on the internet, in the New York Times and everybody else, saying that I’m a crazy nut-job because of Harold Koh.”

The connection between nuts and crazy has been well established in the media and continues to appear in movie themes, popular songs, food products, advertising messages, and everyday conversation. So, I’ll close this crazy blog post with this nutty thought:

I sincerely hope your crazy day is filled with pure and delightful nuttiness!

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NUTS TO THOSE QUOTATIONS

Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on March 23, 2009

I’m often amazed at how often the words “nut” or “nuts” or mention of particular nuts enter into conversations, jokes, comparisons, political commentary, and famous quotations. Below are a few quotations to ponder, some from well-known literary figures and some less familiar. The frequent mention of nuts in famous quotations speaks for the important role they have played in daily life throughout history.

For years I’ve heard people using expressions like “so and so is a tough nut to crack,” or “That’s a nutty idea,” or “We’re all a little nuts.” I find myself using expressions like “nutty,” “nut case,” and “totally nuts” when referring to myself, or on occasion, when referring to someone else.

What is it about nuts that invites this notion of craziness or being out of step with reality in such a humorous, non-confrontational manner? I certainly don’t have the answer, but I do often wonder why nuts make us just a little nutty from time to time.

    “I’m Charley’s aunt from Brazil–Where the nuts come from.”– Brandon Thomas, playwright, Charley’s Aunt (1892)

    “Pistachio nuts, the red ones, cure any problem.”–Paula Danziger, American children’s author

    “Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also – if you love them enough.” –George Washington Carver, scientist and inventor

    “Sweetest nut hath sourest rind.”–William Shakespeare in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 155-7.

    All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut. –Anne Brontë, British novelist and poet In Agnes Grey, ch. 1 (1847).

    Even to this day, no native Australian animal species and only one plant species–the macadamia nut–have proved suitable for domestication. There still are no domestic kangaroos.–Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology

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Whimsical Quotes from a Nut

Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on February 17, 2009

Nuts add pleasure to my life in countless ways. I appreciate them for adding spark to my recipes. I love them for their delicious flavor. I am grateful for their health benefits. I enjoy their pleasing crunch. But, that’s not all.

I love nuts for their literary charisma and for bringing a smile to my day. Check out the quotes below—perhaps they’ll make you smile, too.

“Warning: the Internet may contain traces of nuts.” — Anonymous

“The gods send nuts to those who have no teeth.” — Proverb

“Women, asses, and nuts, require strong hands.” — Proverb

“Love your enemy – it’ll drive him nuts.” -– Anonymous

“Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.” –Charles M. Schulz

“Don’t worry if your job is small and your rewards few. Remember that the mighty oak was once a nut like you.” — Anonymous

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Nuts in the Bible

Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on February 8, 2009

One rainy Saturday afternoon when I didn’t feel like jumping in the car and running errands or shopping, I decided to stay put and do some nut research. I was curious to see what the Bible had to say about nuts.

The best way to do my investigation was to find a concordance to the Bible, an alphabetical list of words used and the passages that contain them. Before the internet was around, I had to go to the library and find a copy of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.

But that Saturday I sat down in front of my Mac, went to Google, and typed in “bible concordance.” At the top of the list was BibleGateway.com. I clicked on Keyword Search and entered the word “nut,” and what gems I found!

Genesis 43:11
Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.

Song of Solomon 6:11
I went down to the grove of nut trees to look at the new growth in the valley, to see if the vines had budded or the pomegranates were in bloom.
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My next step was to learn what individual nuts were mentioned in the Bible. My search only turned up two kinds of nuts—almonds and pistachios. Almonds turned out to be the winner with eight entries while pistachios had only one that it shared with almonds. Since I have already given you the one shared by both almonds and pistachios, I decided to share the other almond passages with you.

Genesis 30:37
Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches.

Exodus 25:33
Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand.

Exodus 25:34
And on the lampstand there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms.

Exodus 37:19
Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms were on one branch, three on the next branch and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand.
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Exodus 37:20
And on the lampstand were four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms.

Numbers 17:8
The next day Moses entered the Tent of the Testimony and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.

Ecclesiastes 12:5
And when men are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags himself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then man goes to his eternal home and mourners go about the streets.

Jeremiah 1:11
The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

Some people will read Bible translations where chestnut trees are mentioned in Ezekiel 31:8. Most translations including the New International Version will refer to the trees as ”plane trees.” Because chestnuts were growing in Asia Minor for centuries, I was surprised that chestnut trees were not commonly mentioned in the Bible

Ezekiel 31:8
The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty. King James Bible, Webster’s Bible Translation, and Young’s Literal Translation

What surprised me was that two of the almond statements were repeated in different chapters of Exodus. The bible translation used in the Bible Gateway website was the New International Version.

Oh, and I hope you like the Van Gogh Branches with Almond Blossom 1890 painting above.

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A TOAST TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on January 21, 2009

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Here’s a nutty toast in honor of the inauguration of our 44th U.S. president:

Our nations problems may seem like tough nuts to crack, but may those nutty challenges crack easily under your inspired leadership and nourish our hearts and our spirits.

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