Archive | January 1, 2021

Why do Southerners eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day?

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Most Southerners will tell you that it dates back to the Civil War. Black-eyed peas were considered animal food (like purple hull peas). The peas were not worthy of General Sherman’s Union troops. When Union soldiers raided the Confederates food supplies, legend says they took everything except the peas and salted pork. The Confederates considered themselves lucky to be left with those meager supplies, and survived the winter. Peas became symbolic of luck.

Black-eyed peas were also given to slaves, as were most other traditional New Year’s foods. Let’s face it: a lot of the stuff eaten in the South on New Year’s is soul food. One explanation of the superstition says that black-eyed peas were all Southern slaves had to celebrate with on the first day of January 1863. What were they celebrating? That was the day when the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. From then on, peas were always eaten on the first day of January.

Others say that since the South has generally always been the place for farming, black-eyed peas are just a good thing to celebrate with in the winter. Not many crops grow this time of the year, but black-eyed peas hold up well, were cheap and just make sense.

How do you eat the peas? Some people believe you should cook them with a new dime or penny, or add it to the pot before serving. The person who receives the coin in their portion will be extra lucky. Some say you should eat exactly 365 peas on New Year’s day. If you eat any less, you’ll only be lucky for that many days. I guess on leap years, you need to eat an extra one. If you eat any more than 365 peas, it turns those extra days into bad luck. Some say you should leave one pea on your plate, to share your luck with someone else (more of the humbleness that peas seem to represent).

Some say if you don’t eat every pea on your plate, your luck will be bad.

It’s also said that if you eat only peas, and skip the pork, collard greens, and the accompaniments, the luck won’t stick. They all work together or not at all.

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ON MY SOAPBOX…Sour grapes? I think not

WRITTEN BY: SHEILA TOLLEY

 

I am writing this edition of MY SOAPBOX to make all my female friends and readers feel better this morning. After all, our New Years’ Resolutions are at least six hours old and I know many of you have already broken them. That is fine, my friends. Don’t fret about it.

I am well acquainted with the Top 3 resolutions for women on New Years’ Eve.

1. Save Money.

2. Lose Weight.

3. Quit Drinking.

My conclusion: Nobody really likes a CHEAP, SKINNY, SOBER Bitch anyway!

Don’t you feel better already? Now…go on line and order yourself something expensive, while you eat a cheesecake, topped off by a full bottle of Pinot Noir.

Some may say my conclusion is an example of Sour Grapes. I think not, if that appears so, after you finish that first bottle of wine, drink another. They all cannot be made from sour grapes.

Above all, remember this…..You have heard slogans and quotes your entire life, this one is finally true today:

 

Hindsight is 2020.

 

 

 

THE SPHINX—KIND OF NEW WORDS

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This is great if the R’s get anything done.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/12/30/mitch-mcconnell-introduces-bill-that-gives-2k-stimulus-checks-addresses-section-230-creates-commission-to-investigate-voter-fraud/

All of the Chip Chip cartoons are repeats.

https://redstate.com/wag/2020/04/25/some-nonessential-jobs-are-more-essential-than-some-essential-ones-n135308

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https://www.newsmax.com/headline/united-states-iran-bombers-persiangulf/2020/12/30/id/1003624/

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/12/30/sen-josh-hawley-ill-object-to-electoral-college-votes-on-january-6/

RIP Mary Ann.

https://nypost.com/2020/12/30/gilligans-island-star-dawn-wells-dead-at-82-after-covid-19-battle/

https://townhall.com/

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Happy New Year.

Louisiana’s newly elected Congressman’s death from The Wuhan Flu isn’t as first reported—what’s new ?

https://nypost.com/2020/12/30/congressman-elect-luke-letlow-suffered-a-heart-attack-during-operation/

These units should replace Congresspeople.  They’re heeere.  They could replace Pigleosi, they can kneel and get up.

https://nypost.com/2020/12/30/america-is-falling-in-love-with-these-creepy-dancing-robots/

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2020/12/30/gop-rep-accuses-pelosi-of-unprecedented-power-grab-in-iowa-election-n2582309

https://www.newsmax.com/

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The Language Editor:  Did you find some new words, LL ?

The Linguist Cat:  I sure did.  My first is an old word, but just reaching national exposure.  It should first be applied to politicians.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grift   ( read the entire meaning )

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2020/12/25/its-beginning-to-look-a-lot-like-griftmas-parody-takes-aim-at-the-grifter-class-n299991

This is a great new addition to the English language.  It might be more influential than the, and, if, and but.  It can be a noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, preposition, conjunction.  It can be good, bad, indifferent, or all of the aforementioned. 

https://monsterhunternation.com/2020/11/05/the-2020-election-fuckery-is-afoot/

TLE:  Do you think fuckery will be accepted by the American public, TLC ?

WGAFC:  I don’t see why not, it is used everywhere.  The Sphinx’s Linguist Advisers are considering approval of its use in everyday conversations.  The main drawback is it might lose meaning–like racist, white supremacist, or LGBTQIALSMFT.

We have already copyrighted f@ to be used instead of fuckery when necessary.  Our readers should be aware of this discretionary editorial prerogative going into 2021.

TLE:  Can you give us an example, WGAFC ?

I sure can,  here is more f@ from our news media and Joe’s buddies.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/12/25/of-course-wishing-people-a-merry-christmas-is-white-supremacy-n2582127

This cruise ship is a metaphor for America, you can pick your own time in the cruise where you think America is located.