So if I say I saw a few turnips, could that mean I saw a few Welsh people?
There are probably a few more I can't come up with now, but not that many. And I can't think of any with fruits, which seem mainly reserved in slang for parts of the body.
Could you not call someone a bit of 'a banana' or 'bananas' if they were a little odd or crazy, as they do in English? (We don't in Welsh ...)
Using animal names as insults is almost universal in human languages (the full list would be extremely long). Vegetables are something rare indeed, though. At least I cannot think about anything of that kind in Russian.
Ah yes, that's true. The word was a made-up criminal slang term in "Gentlemen of Fortune" comedy film (1973), and since the film was immensely popular in the USSR, the word came into some limited use as well. The meaning, as it's stated in the film, is "bad man".I believe I have heard "редиска" (radish) as an insult a couple of times.
Vegetables - seems 'turnip' is a favourite here
I remember that, but the headline has always struck me as rather forced, as I had never heard the word "turnip" used as an insult (and I still haven't).Perhaps the most famous usage of ‘turnip’ as an insult in England was following (yet another) ignominious crashing out of an international football tournament, this time in the European Championships in Sweden in 1992. The Sun newspaper had this headline inside the paper following a defeat by the host nation Sweden:
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Hungarian --- no fruit or vegetable related insults in Hungarian
Tu buraku! = You beetroot! (primitive, redneck, yahoo)