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  1. At a certain point in the development of orthodox Chomskyan theory, the definitive text for his current thinking was circulating as “The Pisa Lectures”. (later published as a book with a more specific title). Among dissenters, it was a popular sarcastic move to refer to “The Bologna Lectures”.

  2. Who says it doesn’t? I do remote yoga; my yogini is in WI, I’m in FL. Why NOT do remote lunch, to make the [home]school day like normal. Complete with mystery meat and fish fingers, and NEVER peanut butter samiches.

  3. But remote lunchtime does exist. Everyone fixes their lunch, sits down at their computers, and uses Zoom or an equivalent to chat while they eat. I thought the comic was amusing. There’s not a zinger of a punchline, but getting to it was fun.

  4. narmitaj, ‘baloney’ is how it was always pronounced in my house, unless somebody was trying to be funny, in which case it was ‘Please pass the buh-LOG-nuh.’ ten-year-olds are so funny, aren’t they?

  5. Remote Happy Hours exist so why wouldn’t remote lunch times? I can’t stand watching people eat or be seen eating and think remote lunch would be one of the most disgusting ideas I can think of, but I know I am in the extreme minority.

  6. I’m with Chak, the normal word was “baloney” and it was long time before I knew the written word bologna was [also] pronounced that way. I didn’t really see the written bologna until late, anyway.

    I can’t look it up right now, but I think part of the perceived rudeness of “baloney” is that it may sound like you’re going to say “balls”, it’s like “bollix” which is “ballocks”.

  7. Surely Bill knew when he posted such a provocative headline, that the comments would be full of people saying, “I do it all the time.” Heck, you could post “nobody ever picks their nose with a chainsaw” on the internet, and receive multiple contrary responses. There are no longer any absolutes.

    Also, someone as smart as Jason should already know how they get seedless fruit.

  8. Certainly a lot of people “eat together” using Zoom: I was of course referring to school lunch period, mandatory for both students and teacher.

  9. Maybe Jason should have virtual lunch with Caulfield, and they can drive each other crazy.

    Or give each other pointers.

  10. My office has a mandatory remote dinner each month so we get to remember what one another’s faces look like.

    We get to expense pizzas, so instead of a team meeting, it’s called a pizza party.

  11. @Chak – Ah, I was thinking of the city Bologna, not the foodstuff. Which is presumably named after the city.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:It-Bologna.ogg for the pronunciation of that.

    Looking up Bologna sausage on Wikipedia I see this sub-bit of info: “Lebanon bologna is a Pennsylvania Dutch prepared meat” which seems at first sight like a four-way crash of cultures, though I am guessing the Lebanon part has nothing to do do with the country.

  12. There have been so many ZOOM cartoons (ZOOMtoons?) that I’m surprised this hasn’t happened. Of course, Bill Watterson would have to come out of retirement, unless he’d rather not participate and just let whoever do the drawing and the jokes. That’d be funny, tho.

  13. @ Narmitaj – I used to like it a lot, but some people might consider Lebanon bologna to be an acquired taste. It’s closer to salami than bologna, and has a fairy strong, smoky flavor. The name probably comes from the town “Lebanon, Pennsylvania”, and not the country. There’s also a neighborhood in Pittsburgh called “Mount Lebanon”.

  14. So how come pasta e fagioli is pronounced “pasta fazool”?

    This was something that interested my Irish-American New York Uncle Ted (actually Thaddeus), who found out it was really a matter of regional dialect in New York. (Probably along the lines Carl suggests.) It was also something of a joke, as one could mock-threaten a child or buddy by cocking an arm and shaking your fist and saying “Ohhh pasta faZOOOL!!”.

  15. Generally I think of bologna as being pronounced “bo-lona” in the US, not to be confused with “baloney”, which is just nonsense…literally. 🙂

  16. Cidu Bill: “I was of course referring to school lunch period, mandatory for both students and teacher.”

    Why, “of course”? Nothing in the cartoon says that that’s what’s happening here.

  17. …oh, and I think Jason might already know about the grape thing, he’s just being weird. He’s doing sort of a stand-up routine. Next time he’ll go on about parking in driveways and driving on parkways and such…

    It would be fun to speculate how kids from various comics might get along together.

  18. Generally I think of bologna as being pronounced “bo-lona” in the US, not to be confused with “baloney”, which is just nonsense…literally.

    Not in my experience. I’ve never heard the lunch meat called anything by “baloney” expect for an Oscar Mayer TV commercial with a little kid singing the B-O-L-O-G-N-A song.

  19. The kid says baloney, but the announcer at the end says ba-lona. It was always baloney where I grew up, though my Depression-born father called it “minced ham”.

  20. Huh. My first attempt appeared to just disappear, so I tried again with comments added. Sorry about the double post.

  21. B.A. Oh, I thought that was a student.

    Although, last year in 1st grade daughter did have an online lunch with her teacher and a group of students.So either way, this is a thing.

  22. @Mitch: Given that the first syllable in baloney is often pronounced “buh”, I suspect it euphemizes a slightly different B-word meaning nonsense. One referring to the byproduct of a male bovine.

    @MiB: It’s pasta fazool, because the name comes from pasta e fasule, which is the Neapolitan dialect for pasta e fagiole. Somebody used the name as the basis of a novelty song back in the 20s, snippets of which filtered down to us through, I think, Warner Bros. cartoons, thus cementing the name in American culture.

  23. There was a pasta fast food (chain) restaurant in Kenosha called Fazoli’s. They had unlimited breadsticks WAAAAAY before Olive Garden did. Altho there is a website for the chain, I don’t know if the one in Kenosha still exists.

  24. DanV, thank you for the trip down memory lane. My mother absolutely loved that commercial when it was on the air; I remember her getting very angry at my brother (who would have been around 12 at the time) who “ruined it” by singing along once.

    Woozy, I’m with you–I don’t like watching (or hearing, yuck!) other people eat, and I don’t particularly care for others to be around when I’m eating.

  25. This was researched in a local district, as a support to “social time” between students and an attempt at normalcy. The conflict is: positive side is more social and normal time, negative side was they were also attempting to reduce screen time. Lots of discussion. I no longer have children in school, so I don’t know how it ended.

  26. But if it is Eileen Jacobson, why is she lunching with him if she doesn’t enjoy it? If it were a teacher, it could have been something mandatory.

    I also thought it was the teacher. I noted the apple on the desk and what appears to be lipstick. I guess that latter could be jelly from her sandwich, though.

  27. She’s eating with Jason so that Amend could make a Sunday funny. Yes, that’s jelly; Amend always draws messes around the characters’ mouths like that.

  28. “Woozy, I’m with you–I don’t like watching (or hearing, yuck!) other people eat,”

    If you have misophonia, as I do, it’s worse at home than in a restaurant, where the noise level is high enough (cutlery, talking, music) to obliterate the noise of the person eating at the same table. At home, not so much (I can only turn up the music so high before Hubby gets insulted). And it’s NOT that he chews or chomps; it’s that I can hear jaw muscles moving (I kid you not), and he can’t do anything about that.

    Now that I was dx’d and understood the issue, I can control my feelings about what I hear, to some extent.

  29. My kids don’t have any shared lunch time. Lunch is hard enough without the screens. At least at school, you wander to the cafeteria and get what they got. At home, class finishes up and then you have to decide what to have and then prep it. Unless you’re unlike my kids and do the prep early, lunch takes longer when there’s not someone hired to serve it to you.

    If they did zoom with their friends between classes, I would foresee a few days of “Oh, next class in 5 minutes. I haven’t eaten yet…”

  30. @ Andréa – My son is already doing that, sans electronics. His class has a designated section of the schoolyard, and they end up sitting there and chatting, since they are supposed to maintain distance (masks are not required outside, as long as they can stay far enough apart).

  31. “ I had wondered why it was called Fazoli’s; I thought it was a last name, like McDonald’s”

    No reason it wouldn’t be both. There are for instance people named Bean.

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