phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Phrases, Sayings and Idioms Home > Discussion Forum

Re: Pick-a-peck

Posted by RRC on November 23, 2005

In Reply to: Re: Pick-a-peck posted by Smokey Stover on November 23, 2005

: : : What's the meaning of "pick-a-peck"? It's in the title of an animation episode (Ranma 1/2 ep 140) which I'm having to translate. I searched using Google, Dictionary.com, Answers.com and here, and unfortunately I couldn't get a clue of this expression's meaning. :(

: : : Thanks in advance for any help provided.

: : A peck is a unit of measurement. I always see it as a bushel of sorts.
: : Literally, pick a peck means to gather a large quantity of something.
:
: There are four pecks to the bushel, four (dry) quarts to the peck. Apples and potatoes in particular used to be sold by the peck. There's a well known tongue twister that exists in several versions, of which one is:
: "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers: If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?"

: Other than that, I'm not familiar with anything called "pick-a-peck." It could be a slogan used by one of those orchards that allows you to pick your own fruit. SS

Using Google, I was able to determine that the name of the episode is in fact "Pick-a-Peck o' Happosai", in which a character named Happi gets copied so that there are six of him running around. It would seem to indeed be "Pick a peck of Happis", so the translation should reflect whatever it would mean to have quite a bit of Happi or too much Happi.