land of fruits and nuts

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Etymology[edit]

In reference both to the agricultural bounty of the state, and to the suggested character of its people, fruit being slang for a gay or effeminate man, and nut for a crazy person.

Proper noun[edit]

land of fruits and nuts

  1. (US, derogatory, slang) The U.S. state of California.
    • 1970 August 30, Terry Galanoy, “Ted Liss—talent polisher”, in the Chicago Tribune, page 42:
      You can make a book on some of the people who were there. That is, if you get a chance to see them perform before some midnight rider from the William Morris Agency makes off with them to the land of fruits and nuts.
    • 1998, Achy Obejas, We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?
      This is very important to me right now because I always have an automobile accident after a break-up, and Sandra, my lover of five years, just left me for some babe who lives in San Francisco, the promised land of fruit and nuts.
    • 2013, Bob Mack Peak, The 85% Man and Lessons from Lucille
      We were all young software company executives, but I was the one from out of state, the one from the land of fruit and nuts, and no one could see my nuts, they would say.

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