T Is For Turnip, Like Totally

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 11.02.08 AMJust Fell off the Turnip Truck

…  is an idiom meaning that someone is naive or gullible.  It refers to the idea that someone riding on top of the produce in the back of a flatbed truck is a country bumpkin who will be taken advantage of in the city by the smooth-talking folk.

I’ve never seen a truckload of turnips, which probably comes as no surprise to you.

What will also come as no surprise to you, my gentle readers, is the fact that I’ve got nothing to talk about on the topic of turnips.

Well, that’s not entirely true.

I could tell you that I have a t-shirt that has a turnip printed on the front of it with the words “turnip the volume.”  It’s a dumb pun, but the shirt is comfy.

But do you care about that t-shirt?

Probably not.

So instead of pretending I’ve something to say, allow me to suggest that we once again agree that I showed up here, in good faith, and posted something as per the challenge guidelines.

Thus I hereby declare that I have written about the letter “T.”

And the A To Z Challenge continues on Monday…

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Here’s a link to a lovely downloadable “fabric swatch” that features, among many vegetables, ye olde turnip.  Very cute.

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Ally Bean

Observant. Creative. Humorous. Adaptable. Happy enough. Looking for the crumb of truth in the cookie of life.

46 thoughts on “T Is For Turnip, Like Totally”

    1. LOL here, Kate. I bet that you heard all sorts of doubtful things in that job. Extended families are one thing, but there is a limit to how many grandmothers a person can have.

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      1. Oh it gets better. I asked for a copy of the obituary (in a caring sensitive way of course). (The death is in Virginia, two states away. There is also a wonderful beach there for vacation!) She gives me a copy of an obit that doesn’t list her as a granddaughter, has no name that even resembles her last name (or her maiden name). I point that out and she says they forgot her name. Seriously?

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  1. Turnips and rutabaga’s…I always get confused by which is which so in the interest of furthering the educational value of this challenge I just Googled both. Same family, the Brassica family, but speculation is that the rutabaga is a hybrid of a turnip/cabbage rendezvous. You are very welcome… 🙂

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    1. Deb, thank you. I didn’t know any of that. Interesting, actually. I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen or eaten a rutabaga. Are they in the grocery? By their cousins, the turnips?

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      1. They are, although I suspect (after looking at pictures of both) that in my grocer’s produce section they are likely interchangeable as I have purchased “turnips” that look like rutabaga’s and vice versa 🙂

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    1. bitsfromheaven, I like turnips, raw, cut into sticks, a few of said… then I’m over ’em. As for my next week, I cannot divulge what I’ll be writing about at this time, because it’s possible that I don’t know what I’ll be writing about at this time! 😉

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  2. I like turnips. I like rutabagas.
    … and I like this expression 🙂

    I also like the expression “turnip head” implying someone is thick and tense 😉

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    1. joanne, I’ve never heard that expression. I like it and will add it to my personal lexicon of polite ways to say something not so polite about someone else. I sense this expression will be useful.

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    1. Carrie, I don’t use this slang phrase often, but from what I can tell no one thinks that a turnip, when referenced in any way, is all that bright. This poor veggie doesn’t have a good PR department, I guess. 😉

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  3. Perhaps if they tasted better they would have better PR. Small turnips taste a bit like radishes, which I don’t love that much either. I recently made a chicken pot pie from Blue Apron that included turnips. I thought I should at least try them but then spent dinner picking out the turnips from my pot pie. Yup. Still not a fan.

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    1. Zazamataz, it was good of you to try to like turnips. I’d think they wouldn’t be too bad in a pot pie, but you have proven me wrong. They have a definite taste all their own– like it or hate it!

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    1. Deborah, another turnip reference! I’ve never heard of Terry the Turnip, but I’m telling you, turnips need to hire an image consultant. It’s time for this vegetable to be adored like asparagus, who is clearly a weirdo if there ever was one!

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  4. Love turnips, but don’t buy them or get them often. I am solitary in my passion.
    I’ve also never used that turnip expression. It seems my life is strangely Bereft Of Turnips.

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  5. Two turnip quotes sprung to mind as soon as I saw your T is for Turnip. The first you covered:

    “Do I look like I just off the turnip truck?”

    And the second:

    “You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip”

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    1. nrhatch, I’d forgotten all about that second quote. It’s an old one, I’m thinking. I remember my mother saying it, but don’t suppose that I’ve ever used it. Good job with turnip references. 🙂

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  6. “Do I look like I just fell off the turnip truck?” is somethin I hear plenty. This reading you around mealtime business has to stop. I don’t have any turnips, so of course, all I can think about are baby turnips sauteed in butter and olive oil. I’d like to see the shirt, actually, and if it’s really comfy, maybe I want one.

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  7. Come to think of it, I’ve never seen a turnip truck either. But the turnips have to be getting places somehow.

    I actually like them steamed in the microwave. Like I said, I’m a big root vegetable fan. Big root vegetable fan. I see your point about a post about turnips.

    Oh, and if saw you wearing that shirt, we would become instant friends, because that is brilliant.

    @IsaLeeWolf
    A Bit to Read

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    1. Chez Shea, I’ve not heard that before, but can see how it might be a saying that could offend the sensibilities of the meek. I, however, think it’s funny. Thanks.

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    1. Margaret, that could be. I don’t know the origins of the saying, just that it makes sense in an idiomatic way + lets me call the letter “T” completed. 🙂

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  8. I’ve never seen a turnip truck either, but now that you bring it up, is it really the turnip’s fault that it falls out of the truck, or is it the drivers for not properly securing the contents of the truck’s bed? All I know is that the driver is somehow still not responsible for damaging windshields.

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