: in a pickle?


Have you ever noticed how predicaments are usually described in food-related terms?

Well, they are. When you’ve screwed up, you’re said to be in a pickle or a stew, in a jam or a very sticky situation. Maybe because they sound non-threatening. Maybe because they’re considered messy. Except pickle, a pickle isn’t messy. A pickle is perfectly designed for its purpose — eating and enjoying. It’s not greasy or gooey. It doesn’t fall apart when you pick it up. It doesn’t end up on your tie. All right, it drips a little juice, big deal. Pickles are still a delight and shouldn’t be lumped in with ne’er do-wells like jams and stews.

So let’s stop using pickle in the pejorative sense.  They’ve done nothing to deserve the label of ‘mess.’ Steaming pile, I propose we use that instead. Thank you —  on behalf of the Pickle Defense League and gherkins everywhere.

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14 thoughts on “: in a pickle?

  1. As long as we’re at it, “between a rock and a hard place” is unnecessarily unfair to rocks while being downright ambiguous as to what constitutes a hard place, when clearly, not too many things are as hard as rocks.

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  2. Now I’ve got a hankering for a sweet pickle. Maybe jams are related to foods because, when you’re in them, food often makes them more tolerable/comfortable…hence comfort foods.

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    1. I’ve been jonesin’ for a pickle all day long. That’s probably where the idea came from :o)

      And you’re probably right about the comfort food thing, too. Very insightful!


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