*Raspberry*

rasp·ber·ry
Noun. Slang. A derisive or contemptuous sound made by vibrating the extended tongue and the lips while exhaling.

When I was a kid I was a voracious reader, and this definition of “raspberry” often came up in the children’s novels I read. For example:

“‘You’re a jerk,’ she said, and gave him a raspberry.”*

I didn’t know what the hell that meant. I only knew “raspberry” as a fruit. Since when did she have raspberries? I would think. And why on earth would she give him one??

I did eventually figure out what a “raspberry” was. But I still remember fondly my utter confusion, and the weird mental images it brought.

* Not an actual quote.

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