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Old 01-30-2007, 08:37 PM   #1
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Now that's a healthy meal! (not...)

Every time I hear that, or something similar, such as "I'm going to have a healthy, broiled fish dinner", it cracks me up.

If it was a 'healthy' meal, that fish would still be swimming in the river! If having roasted instead of fried chicken was a healthy meal, that chicken would still be flirting with the town rooster and playing 'the sky is falling' with the rest of the 'healthy, aka alive' chickens.

It's impossible to have a healthy piece of fish..unless you are eating it and swimming with it, as the same time, and even then, it's chances of remaining healthy are dwindling with every stroke!

I've never confused dead with healthy. Yet, people do it all the time.

Let's hear it for healthful eating...

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Old 01-30-2007, 09:22 PM   #2
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Every time I hear that, or something similar, such as "I'm going to have a healthy, broiled fish dinner", it cracks me up.

If it was a 'healthy' meal, that fish would still be swimming in the river! If having roasted instead of fried chicken was a healthy meal, that chicken would still be flirting with the town rooster and playing 'the sky is falling' with the rest of the 'healthy, aka alive' chickens.

It's impossible to have a healthy piece of fish..unless you are eating it and swimming with it, as the same time, and even then, it's chances of remaining healthy are dwindling with every stroke!

I've never confused dead with healthy. Yet, people do it all the time.

Let's hear it for healthful eating...
Methinks you're trying to start another grammar (okay, word usage this time) thread. If you think you're going to get people to start saying "healthful" instead of "healthy," good luck with that.

I mean, come on. I taught this stuff for years, and I'll be darned if I'm going to say, "Broccoli is healthful for you" on a regular basis. I'll just find a totally different way of saying it.

How about "Broccoli RULES"?
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:33 AM   #3
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Healthy is a synonym for nutritious, not to mention that the usage is pretty well embedded in the American lexicon. I'll continue to say healthy.
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:36 AM   #4
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Every time I hear that, or something similar, such as "I'm going to have a healthy, broiled fish dinner", it cracks me up.
So, if the fish WAS healthy when it went under the broiler, what about then?

I'm off to have a healthy beer!

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Old 01-31-2007, 09:53 AM   #5
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Well, in Oxford English dictionary my guess is they are both there, but healthy is I believe correct English-English usage. Healthy doesn't just mean full of health, but is used to mean normal/sensible or also indicates a big portion in English-English usage, IE, "That's a heathy portion" means the portion is not meagre. I believe healthy means EITHER to have good health "I am healthy", or to promote good health "This is a healthy meal" or "I go to the gym because it is a healthy" sorry for the very forced and unimaginative answers. I am afraid I don't know about the American word usage in this example, but yes, pretty sure "healthy" is correct English-English use. :)
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Old 01-31-2007, 10:24 AM   #6
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Just went to reference.dictionary.com and healthy is also a synonym for healthful.
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Old 01-31-2007, 10:39 AM   #7
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I don't think I "get" it. ;o)
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:00 AM   #8
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I don't think I "get" it. ;o)
I/m with Cando..

A healthy portion of healthy Salmon I will grill tonight! A healthful meal will it be!

I just dunno...
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:26 AM   #9
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I'm just going to sit here and giggle. Poor fishy and chicky, not so healthy are they? Heehee! You know Vera, one of the things I appreciate about you is the random thoughts you post. Thanks!
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:28 AM   #10
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**Still wants to hear Vera's take on putting the healthy fish under the broiler**



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