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By Nancy Polanski on January 15, 2018

Poetry and cheese

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ImageZanymuse
Jan 14, 2018 9:32 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
I suppose it is because no one wants to be called a cheesy poet. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Jan 15, 2018 6:06 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”


I wonder why cheesy means something negative. I like cheese. I think it deserves to be discussed in a positive way in poetry. Don't you?

I only posted this quote because it made me laugh. I didn't analyze it until now. Hmmmmm.

Imagevic
Jan 15, 2018 10:17 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I love cheese too and your photo for your quote is perfect.

I wondered why too Nap so I looked it up.



chees·y
ˈCHēzē/Submit
adjective
1.
like cheese in taste, smell, or consistency.
"a pungent, cheesy sauce"
2.
informal
cheap, unpleasant, or blatantly inauthentic.
"a big cheesy grin"
synonyms: tacky, cheap, tawdry; More
ImageZanymuse
Jan 15, 2018 10:58 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
I enjoy many mild cheeses, but have never developed a taste for the more pungent varieties.

It is odd that the great poets sing the praises of wine, which is a fermented product, but do not pair it with fermented cheeses. Perhaps it is because the wine can make one drunk, tipsy, and lose ones inhibitions, while cheese fills the stomach and sates ones hunger without affecting ones libido.



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Imagevic
Jan 15, 2018 2:14 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Good point and I don't care for the pungent cheeses either.
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Jan 15, 2018 2:36 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I have a friend who LOVES Limburger cheese. I've never smelled it, but I know it has a reputation for being extremely unpleasant. She says you have to get past the smell, hold your nose or something and then you will enjoy the wonderful taste. I think I'll probably never take her up on that.

But thanks for the definition, Vic. Do you think this - Glare - is what they mean by a cheesy grin? Or maybe this - Big Yellow Grin ?

Here's Google images of "cheesy grin." Still very unclear to me.

https://www.google.com/search?q=cheesy grin gif&newwindow=1&...

ImageZanymuse
Jan 15, 2018 4:24 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
To me a cheesy grin is one that has full teeth clenched and looks forced. Big Yellow Grin Big Grin
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Imagevic
Jan 15, 2018 6:12 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I agree with Zany but I do use the green smile often for happy or giggly. Is that a word? Whistling
ImageZanymuse
Jan 15, 2018 6:25 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Big Grin yes, giggly is a silly sounding word for a silly kind of laughter.
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Jan 15, 2018 7:08 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
By the way, Vic, thanks for complimenting my photo! I set that plate up specifically for this quote. And when I was satisfied with the photo, the boys and I enjoyed devouring the snacks.

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