Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Lemons in Song and Stories

This week we are talking about lemons and now seems like a good time to look at the lighter side of this bright yellow fruit. So here we go what “lemon” songs are your favorites or that you have even heard of. 

Life is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back - Meatloaf
The Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin
Lemon Tree - Peter Paul and Mary
Lemonade Girl - The Jellys
Oranges and Lemons - English Children's song

We all know that for whatever reason “Lemon” can refer to something that is a bad outcome or defective in nature. Life hands you lemons is used when a situation is undesirable. Why this reference is common has several origin stories.

Lemons are healthy fruits, rich in vitamin C and other nutrients, used in a myriad of wonderful products, from lemonade and lemon meringue pie to cleaning agents. So, why do we call bad cars lemons?

The Online Etymology Dictionary indicates that there are several possible origins for ‘lemon’ being used to refer to an inferior product. One possibility is that it came from early 20th century American slang, where a ‘lemon’ referred to "a person who is a loser, a simpleton," as a lemon. Another possibility is that the term originated from British pool hall slang, where a ‘lemon game’ was a game played by a hustler. It seems most likely that that the use of a ‘lemon’ as a bad car came from another British slang term from the early 1900’s in which “to hand someone a lemon” was "to pass off a sub-standard article as a good one.

A very disappointing investment. A lemon is an investment in which your expected return wasn't even close to being achieved, and more than likely ended up losing you some or all of the capital committed. Lemon investments can be associated with poor money management, economic factors, financial fraud or just plain bad luck.

Saying that lemons are a superfood is an understatement. Not only do they add abundant flavor to a variety of dishes, but they also boast a ton of health benefits. The flavonoids within the juice are said to contain antioxidants, which is why lemons are useful in treating so many ailments and conditions.

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