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Quick Write 111811 “Is ketchup a vegetable?”

Obviously NO, but not NO to the ones who created the “Senate bill which ‘stipulates that tomato paste used to make pizzas can be counted toward the weekly total of vegetable servings’ for school lunches”. the Atlantic: "Is Ketchup a Vegetable? Again?" In relation to this ketchup-is-vegetable-or-not issue, the article invokes the legislation that the Reagan administration proposed to allow ketchup to count as a vegetable in school meals three decades ago. In Federal register 9-4-18, ketchup is referred to as “tomato paste”, but it obviously is “a spicy sauce made chiefly from tomatoes and vinegar, used as a relish [1] (OED)”. See? Our reliable vocabulary tutor OED officially defines ketchup as a relish. The reactions from people in media (“The press had a field day.”) are so amusing. Let me just quote those comments.

• The Washington Post (9-26-81) quoted the budget director's comment that USDA "not only has egg on its face, but ketchup too."
• Republican Senator John Heinz (whose company owns Heinz ketchup) said "Ketchup is a condiment [2]. This is one of the most ridiculous regulations I ever heard of, and I suppose I need not add that I know something about ketchup and relish -- or did at one time."
• The New York Times (9-28-81) noted that "Democrats are still chortling [3] at what they hail as 'the Emperor's New Condiments' -- the attempt to declare ketchup a school-lunch vegetable."

[1] relish: a piquant (piquant: having a pleasantly sharp taste or appetizing flavor) sauce or pickle eaten with plain food to add flavor (OED)
[2] condiment: a substance such as salt, mustard, or pickle that is used to add flavor to food (OED)
[3] chortle: laugh in a noisy, gleeful way (OED)

My favorite? No doubt the second one. It’s funny, astute and witty. I love that sarcasm rendered by the company owner who otherwise is willing to praise and promote their product. I love that.

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the Atlantic: "Is Ketchup a Vegetable? Again?"
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