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What’s an Eddo?

Well, I Googled it to find out and there was actually an answer. The statement about cooking eddo’s with their skin still on and then adding them to a casserole was sort of frightening.

I found this article here. I did not make this up.

What’s an Eddo?

Getting to the root of the problem

Imagine that you’re on Who Wants to be a Millionnaire. The question pops up:

What is an eddo?

A: A current in a river / B: A root vegetable

C: A currency / D: A stroke in golf

You’ve no idea, so you decide to phone a friend. My advice is not to ring anyone who works at
Sainsbury’s in Monkseaton. They actually sell eddoes, but would have great
difficulty in describing this type of potato to you. Why do I say this? Well, please review the following
extract from a computer printed sign on their shelves this weekend:

Eddo’s can be peeled thickly or cook in their skins and are good for thickening soups or casseroles

I’m paraphrasing slightly, I think that the original sign was more mind-boggling. I had to read it several times to make any sense of it. We have two fundamental problems here:

  1. While the price-tag on the shelf correctly pluralised eddo as eddoes the eddo-do who wrote the sign decided to use the greengrocer’s apostrophe (i.e. stick ‘s on a word to make it plural).
  2. What happened to the sentence in the middle there? If they had used the word cooked, it might
    have made more sense, though it’s something of a non-sequitur to talk of adding the eddo to a casserole
    or soup after comments about whether or not to peel them. This latter observation is more culinary than
    linguistic, mind.

So, it’s a big thumbs down to the signwriters at Sainsbury’s, which is a shame, since the chain itself is
a proud user of the apostrophe, displaying it correctly in their company name…

By Evan Stark

Eddie Renz is an avid fan of Egyptology, Wilbur Smith and bacon. Not a fan of humility but often finds himself humbled when he is around people who understand numbers like the Fibonacci sequence and Pi.

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