~ Rhubarb, a 1951 baseball movie
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I chose rhubarb as my letter “R” because, beyond knowing that it’s a tart vegetable with great health benefits, I knew there was a cute old movie about baseball and a cat named Rhubarb.
I remember seeing the movie somewhere along the line, and from that movie I knew that rhubarb was a slang term in baseball meaning a disagreement or a fight.
What I did not know when I started researching rhubarb is that the word is sometimes defined as nonsense. As in you might say: “Jane is talking rhubarb.”
I also did not know that “rhubarb” is the word that extras in a play say while onstage to create background noise.
I also did not know that “on a rhubarb” was WWII fighter pilot slang for being on a strafing mission on enemy ground.
Finally, I also did not know that “hitting the rhubarb” is slang for getting so drunk that you can’t drive without going off the road.
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And that, kids, is today’s installment of my A To Z Challenge theme, FOOD: Talking The Talk.