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Are Grapes Berries

I was eating some grape salad the other day, and suddenly found myself humming the tune to the Little Lad Starburst Commercial. Yeah, you know the one. “Berries and cream, berries and cream, I’m a little lad who loves berries and cream!” Amused by my own subconscious connection between some creamy grapes and a song about creamy berries, I realized my subconscious  had recalled a fact from Kindergarten that my rational self had long misplaced…that grapes are a berry…i think.

I mean, when I consider what they look like, and how they grow, it’s obvious. But nobody says, “We toured the Nappa Valley berry orchards last Spring,” or “Pick up some of those green berries when you go to the store.” And if I ever ordered a triple-berry cobbler, and out came a dessert comprised of three grape varietals, I’d be less than thrilled. So, I guess I just hadn’t thought about it. Just to make sure, I checked the web, which not only confirmed my theory, but also made me feel like an idiot, and reassured me that I’m not the biggest idiot, all at the same time. Thanks Internet!

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Withstane OR Withstain

Yes, this was an actual search I did today. The goal was to find out which was the correct spelling. What I found however, was that I’ve been using a made up word for 29 years and nobody mentioned it. After the denial phase, came the embarrassment… then I was reminded of this video, and I suddenly felt much better. Thanks Pres!

Also, if you’re a fan of made up words, check out this twitter account documenting the vocabulary of one of my coworkers: @vantionary

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