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Two things I have been wondering

Poll #1321450 Two questions

Would you peel a banana:

from the end marked A in the picture?
from the end marked B in the picture?
by splitting the skin open and scooping it out?
by some other means, which you will explain in a comment?
...or do you just not eat bananas?

On a totally different topic, is the word "bluestocking":

a compliment?


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Dec. 27th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
I personally just don't eat bananas. However, I do open them regularly, from the end marked B, in order to feed them to my children, who do like bananas.
Dec. 27th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
The connotation of "bluestocking" depends on context. It's patronising in general, but I can imagine someone calling themselves such.

Edited at 2008-12-27 07:45 pm (UTC)
Dec. 27th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Wow, I haven't heard the word bluestocking in years. I think it may fall into both the category of patronising and perjorative, however.

Dec. 27th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
(Contributing to this post because it appeared at the top of my friendsfriends page and I couldn't resist a big picture of a banana.)

Why on earth would anyone peel a banana from end A? The whole point about end B is that it has a convenient handle which you can grip and pull to start the peel coming off. Disdaining the handle and insisting on doing it from the unhelpful end is like ... like ... <checks your user info> aha! Like standing at the Oxford end of a punt.
Dec. 27th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Because peeling from end A means the bitter strings come off with the skin - rather than making you peel them off one by one getting your fingers sticky!
Dec. 27th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
I learn something new every day in nwhyte's livejournal.
Dec. 28th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
Have you tried peeling from the other end? It is actually easier.
Dec. 27th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
While end B is the most common, I read a while back that using end A means the strings come off with the skin. I tried it, and it did - so I've stuck with it as a technique.
Dec. 27th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
For a while in my pre-teen years, I went through a phase of pre-slicing bananas before I ate them. This involved getting a needle and some thread, inserting the needle just under the skin, all the way around the banana, making a noose with the thread and pulling it through. Do this seven or eight times, open the banana and voila: it is already sliced. I got looks of bemused astoundment the first time I opened a pre-sliced banana in School.

Dec. 27th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Bluestocking is patronising, but also strangely sexy. Oops.

Bananas? I make them into Talking Bananas. Which involves, amongst other things, cutting off end B and turning it into eyes. And *not* eating the banana, because once it's been used by half a dozen eight year olds as a talking banana, you do not want to eat it any more.
Dec. 27th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
"Bluestocking" popped up in a recent period drama and I understood its meaning by its context then. As I have never used it, I can't say what its overtones are. As I've only heard it once in that BBC drama, it seemed to be a simple euphemism.
I would look forward to an analogous poll on the term "fanwank" which has oh-so-recently been applied to me.
Dec. 28th, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)
Surely not to you but to your Doctor Who plot suggestions???
Dec. 28th, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
tbh I'm not entirely clear as to the meaning of the term. It describes an action, does it, rather than a person?
Dec. 28th, 2008 10:41 am (UTC)
More a subgenre than an action! It was coined by the late Craig Hinton to describe Doctor Who writing which relied excessively on knowledge of past Doctor Who history, usually making the work inaccessible to non-fans. In fairness to Hinton, he used the term (accurately) of his own work too, so may not have meant it completely pejoratively...
Dec. 29th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Huh, interesting. Unless I've been misunderstanding all along (perfectly possible!) I've always heard it used to describe people coming up with long, convoluted and usually continuity-obsessed explanations for perceived plot holes.

And I've always seen it as one of those things that's usually perjorative applied to others, but is often applied to oneself in a self-deprecating way...
Dec. 29th, 2008 08:09 am (UTC)
Yes, that was my understanding too.
Dec. 29th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
Late to the party - but this is what I understood by it, too.
Dec. 28th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
I take it to mean "something of no possible interest to anyone except fans; where fan is short for fanatic, not just someone who enjoys watching the show but someone, for example, who works methodically through decades old Doctor Who novelisations and reviews them on his livejournal. Just to give an example".
Dec. 28th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for helping me with these definitions. As I understand you, "fanatic" also includes anyone who actually knows the names of 1965 Who episodes and defends the honour of various Who scriptwriters with the same degree of ferocity and belligerence as if they were household gods.
Dec. 29th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Well indeed or anyone who is still defending themselves three days later ;-)
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Dec. 28th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Yes. To me it's a word well worth reclaiming. It used to be an insult, but now I rather like it. :)
Dec. 28th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
Same here.
Dec. 27th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
I peel from A, as monkeys do, and, as has been pointed out, it removes the strings. My children also peel from A.
Dec. 28th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
Yep, me too. I'm just amazed that so few of us do.
Dec. 27th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
I know that monkeys and apes open bananas in the middle with a thumbnail and open it like a book.

And I've never actually heard the word bluestocking before, so count me with the "incomprehensible"s (though obviously I've just googled it and looked it up on wiki
Dec. 28th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
I'm in the very small non-banana eating group, but didn't answer the 'bluestocking' question as none really matched my opinion which is that it's more outdated (or perhaps 'irrelevant') than any of those.
Dec. 28th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
Bluestocking is patronising now, but could be considered a compliment if you understand the historical context in which the word was first coined.
Dec. 28th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
I go from end B, although a teacher from leadership course (yup, there you learn those things) told us using end A is better. Apparently monkeys also go from end A? Now, I've once tried to use end A and I didn't really got it so I still stick to end B, maybe I should give end A another chance.
Jan. 2nd, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
I just tried opening a banana from end A. I was surprised by how easy it was, but it didn't seem to make any difference to the behaviour of the strings. I wonder if it depends on how ripe the banana is? This one was exactly ripe, whereas I usually eat them slightly underripe.

Edited because apparently I am too stupid to follow a diagram.

Edited at 2009-01-02 01:25 pm (UTC)
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