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tiny Southern fruits, Mark Twain, and etymology on a Monday morning

February 18, 2008

At the Friars’ Club last week, I heard a singer perform “Moon River,” which, as you may know, contains the phrase “my huckleberry friend.” For those wondering, here is a compendious account of how the humble fruit gained its adjectival meaning.

“I’m a huckleberry over your persimmon” indeed.

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