New Word #122
pumpkin and ghost: Google says Irish people use vegetables to scare the spirits away. And when they came to America, they chose pumpkin for this task. I don’t know if this is true, but it sounds like an interesting story. Growing up, I would never have thought of connecting pumpkin with ghosts, but now after living in New Jersey for many years, I start to think pumpkin is naturally related with ghostly activities.
pepo fruit: typical fruit of the gourd family like watermelon, cucumber, squash, cantaloupe and pumpkin. I’ve never seen this phrase “pepo fruit” being used.
gourd vs. squash: Pumpkin is a kind of squash. The word gourd is typically used to refer to the decorative varieties of squash that we don’t eat.
Spaghetti Squash: When it is fully cooked, spaghetti squash can be flaked with a fork into spaghetti like strings. Since it is low in calories, it has become very popular now, but still I feel that its texture is quite stringy and not really like spaghetti when you chew on it. I don’t really like it, but I know a lot of people do.
pumpkin pie vs. sweet potato pie: Most people in the Asian community don’t bake pies. And this is why I feel a little mystified when people talk about the difference between pumpkin pies vs. sweet potato pies. I guess some people prefer one while some prefer the other. I think they are quite similar, but what do I know?
pumpkin carving and Jack-o’-lantern: Pumpkin is mainly used for carving and for making Jack-o’-lantern, which is a hollowed out pumpkin with a candle burning inside.
pumpkin spice: It is said this is a 500 million business, which is a mixture of a mixture of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. It can go well with coffee, pie, cakes etc.
pumpkin product: My favorite store Trader Joe’s has 47 different pumpkin products for 2022. For example, pumpkin cookie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin candy etc.
bumpkin: an unsophisticated or socially awkward person from the countryside.
Cucurbitophobia: unreasonable fear of pumpkin.
pumpkin dumpling: We used to make make pumpkin dumpling–not exactly pumpkin, but a kind of gourd that’s popular in Mongolia, Korea, and northern China. However you have add a lot of oil and spices to it to make it flavorful.
pumpkin seed: Very good snacks.
squash competition: Squash is a racquet sport played by two (singles) or four players (doubles) in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball.
pumpkin smashing: It is said smashing pumpkins is a Halloween tradition.
pumpkin phrases in the news
- pumpkin patch: A garden where pumpkins are planted
- pumpkin fest: a type of annual festival celebrating the autumn harvest of pumpkins
- pumpkin drop: Don’t know what this means. Is it a game, a festival, a landfill?
- pumpkin palooza: Palooza means an extravagant event.
- pumpkin weigh-off: This is a competition to see who has the biggest pumpkin. It is said this year, a man in Minnesota brought a pumpkin of 2560 pounds.