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June 25, 2004

KNURLED SQUID

I had some at an oriental restaurant and I think it's a great name for a rock band.

Karl Schmidt
Topeka, Kansas

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Knurled?
(First!)

others appear clothed, gawping from around the deck.

We can't have no gawping around here!

i'll wait until i see how its prepared. emeril should have it soon, right?

Oops, that was supposed to go with the orgy boat, aww fuhgeddaboutit!

Etymology: probably blend of knur and gnarl
1 : a small protuberance, excrescence (a projection or outgrowth especially when abnormal, as in -'warty excrescences in the colon'-), or knob
2 : one of a series of small ridges or beads on a metal surface to aid in gripping

WHAT did that restaurant DO to that squid?

Oops, that was supposed to go with the orgy boat, aww fuhgeddaboutit!

What?! I was just helping the chef ... Why are you looking at me like that?

Given the etymology, shouldn't the dish be called "Squid Knurl"? Should it be eaten at all? What were you thinking? Is squid with knurls the only kind they have in Topeka? Are you okay? Does this place deliver? Next time you want exotic food, go to any one of Iowa's 25 exciting communities; they know what to do with a squid.

"Knurl and the Warty Protuberances": gnfarb

A very redundant name, but a gnfarb anyway.

"1 : a small protuberance, excrescence (a projection or outgrowth especially when abnormal, as in -'warty excrescences in the colon'-), or knob"

I don't want to eat anything like that, let along hear it sing.

I am, and have always been, staunchly anti-truberance and intend to remain so, regardless of what them sophisticates in Topeka eat.

Holy crap. I lived in Kansas for like, 250 years. I figured it was humanly impossible to get squid there that was edible.

And Dave, tell Karl it's "Asian" not "oriental" (or even "Oriental").

Tell Bill Parcells while you're at it.

Another casualty of the hypersensitivity of the times, I'd say. I'm Western. I don't mind it if someone calls me Occidental, because that's what it means. I don't get why people from the East have, in recent decades, used the word "Oriental" (which means Eastern) as yet another excuse to be offended. "We're ASIANS, not Orientals!" Same thing happened to "Negro" and "black" or even "colored" (which I never liked anyway, because everyone is colored in some way -- the five major colors being the white flesh tone, yellow, brown, black, and red). The words themselves were not derogatory, but now people have decided to be offended by them, so we use African-American. If I were black, born in the USA, I'd be offended if someone called me an African-American. I'd have really nothing to do with Africa. I say, "Never been there, never plan to go there. I was born here in the USA, it's the 21st century, not the 18th or 19th, and I don't want to be branded an African-anything."

I'm of Swedish heritage, born here in the USA. I don't go around telling people I'm a Swedish-American. Sounds stupid to me.

One thing's for sure, though -- you won't ever catch me eating a "knurled" anything! :-D

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