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The Fig: The Good Fruit with a Bad Name

The Fig: The Good Fruit with a Bad Name

| October 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

I love figs. They’re on the short list of my favorite things, so I have always had difficulty with the phrase “I couldn’t give a fig.” The meaning of the phrase, of course, is that to give a fig is to care little. To not give a fig means to care even less. Of course, the true purpose of the word “fig” in that phrase is commonly thought to be as a replacement for another, unprintable-on-this-website “f” word. And that depresses me. It’s given the fig a bad name.

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