2
Say, this article about coffee I’ve bee-

1
(interrupting) What about it? I’m busy here trying to figure out something.

2
Well, admitting to the problems for people with high blood pressure and excessive consumption, it appears coffee is pretty good for most of us. It has many benefits like antioxidants and is low calorie too, even if you add milk and sugar in reasonable amounts. 1 cup of black coffee is 1 or 2 calories and with one teaspoon sugar and a little milk, about 40.

1
Just don’t drink it later in the day, like you are prone to!

2
Well, um, yes. Or do I mean no? There is that little problem with a 9pm cup. What are you trying to figure out?

1
Hot House Tomato. It means mostly just what I thought, but sometimes one must make sure.

2
Well, that’s easy peasy. It means artificially grown tomatoes, appealing but lacking in, you know, flavor and substance.

1
Yes, and when that term is applied to a woman, specifically? It is, you know. At least sometimes.

2
Uh, I guess it means about the same, really, artificial?

1
Yes, and more specifically, artificially delicate. Just like hot house plants tend to be.

2
So, calling a woman a ‘hot house tomato’ is not nice?

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It’s  not nice, correct. And there are plenty of negative terms for men and women, both.

2
Yes, like ‘geek’ used to be a negative for men, now it’s OK and applies to women too. But ‘nerd’ remains somewhat negative, and remember ‘engineers wear white socks’ or ‘long haired hippie scum’?

1
Yes, they were all negative at some point and mostly remain so.

2
English is a funny language, isn’t it?

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Stereotypical and negative expressions are funny languages, I think. And often ‘tradition’ is used to justify. But, sometimes meanings change too.

2
Hmmm, I have to think about that. I have a picture that is either traditional or negative, depending on where you come down on all this, really. How about that monument up in Marigny for the ‘Southern White Men’ killed in the civil war?

1
Well, that offends me but doesn’t offend George, because of what the man that paid for it did after the war. Even though he was a former slave owner he built black schools out of his own money. He wanted everyone to be educated, ultimately. George sees it a black/white issue and I see it as a North/South/man/woman/black white issue.

Just post the photo and we will add we recognize there is a lot of gray area (in thought and language), not every issue is clear cut..

2
Uh, OK. But I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of this. George and I have this continuing discussion, you know.

1
Yes, I know.  Just remember that ships and boats are considered female in England (corrected) and the US and male in Russia.

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