Thursday, December 26, 2019

Nay to Brussels Sprouts

UK’s Morrisons have been mocked for renaming Brussels sprouts after the areas of the country in which they are grown – with critics claiming the move is symptomatic of Brexit Britain. 

The supermarket chain’s rechristening of the much-maligned vegetable saw families tucking into “Lincolnshire sprouts”, "Yorkshire sprouts" and “Scottish sprouts” during Christmas dinners. 

Social media users questioned whether there was a political motive behind the decision to strip the sprout of its usual association with the Belgian capital, which is home to the European Union’s institutions. 

Although native to Mediterranean Europe, Brussels sprouts (Scientific name: Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera) are popular in Belgium and are thought to have derived their name from the country, where they have been grown before the sixteenth century. 

I suppose this is to be anticipated – otherwise, Brexiteers will be obliged to boycott the humble vegetable because it will have become a potent symbol of the UK’s ‘subjugation’ to decades of EU hegemony, LMAO! 

The supermarket’s renaming of the vegetable reminds me of American F&B people calling French fries “freedom fries” in response to France’s hostility to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Though, it lasted only very briefly because French fries will always be French fries!

I featured Fifth Harmony yesterday – and here are two of their foot-tapping songs that I enjoyed also:

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