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2012/08/20
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Oops! I'll fix the text.

2012/08/22
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Ron Draney: There is no term for a young great anteater (which prefers termites), but another ant eating endentate, the armadillo, has pups, so maybe that will work.

P'kahn is the state tree of Texas, but the state nut is the governor. A pea can is a cylindrical metal container for monocote legumes.

Bullnettle seeds can substitute for the pecans. Use kitchen tongs to pick the pods as soon as the part between the lobes turns white. Put them in nesting cans in the sun until they pop (without the enclosure, they will pop several feet and never be found). Shell with a pocket knife and use a pecan recipe for the pie. They taste between a peanut and sunflower seed. The disadvantage is they take a long time shelling to get enough for a pie.

The guide's false etymology sounded disgustingly like the treatment of "second class" citizens under Jim Crow and I would have pointed it out had I been there.

2012/08/23
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hippogriff said

… A pea can is a cylindrical metal container for monocote legumes….

According to this wiki (and my experience), peas (and most legumes) are dicot.

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EmmettRedd said

She might end up "off in the weeds" if you don"t "Hold "er Newt!" Might weeds and rhubarb be interchangeable in the added expression?

Emmett

After watching an encore episode of History Detectives last night, I was reminded of my brother's expression of being or running "off in the toolies". The famous Modoc, Toby Riddle, weaved baskets from tule reeds (from Tule Lake?). The picture of them were pretty thick and they hid the water's edge. Obviously, if one were "off in the tules", it would be muddy ground and significantly entangling.

Where he might have picked it up is only open to speculation (he died in a tractor rollover). But, he was a "gear head" which might have been his only contact with California (I do not think he ever traveled further west than Kansas or Oklahoma).

Does anyone know an origin? The phrase gets 74,100 hits on Google [added in edit: Google only counts about 20 when I select the second page].

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2013/04/04
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My guess is that "the toolies" comes from the ancient Greek "Thule", a mythical land said to be in the farthest northern reaches, more remote than any other place.

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