Salad is a miniature language used in the Python room. It consists of words which happen to be names for vegetables, fruit, fungi, or seeds. Many of the words have fallen out of general use. Speaking salad is optional, but if you want to have a little fun, toss some salad in to your next message.


Term Definition
Cabbage / cbg Hello / Hi, I'm back
Rhubarb / rbrb Goodbye / brb, afk
Potato How are you?
Sprouts Sorry
Banana Good
Bean Bad
Yam Strong swear word
Tomato Mild swear word
Melon Thank you
Watermelon You’re welcome
Pineapple Congratulations
Peaches Ladies
Pears Gentlemen
Mushroom Unsure
Avocado Yes
Carrot No
Asparagus Help
Lettuce What do you mean?
Artichoke Incredulous
Peas Confused
Lemon What did I just read!?
Green Bean New Python user
Laurel lol
Garlic To recognize, deal with, or kick a help vampire.
kevin’d (to be) kevin’d (by so.) (adjective) When what you just wrote has been written just before sending your message by someone else. Possibly even in a more detailed way than you did. – See also: inb4.
Beetroot A birthday / to wish someone Happy Birthday


The Salad language was created and introduced to the room on April 10, 2013 by Jon Clements and Inbar Rose. The usage of the greeting quickly spread among regulars, and participants added additional words to the lexicon over time.

Jon Clements

Greetings and salutations

or, as I prefer to express it - Cabbage

Inbar Rose


Cabbage to you too then.

Jon Clements

Yup - I believe the correct reply should probably be Asparagus... (but haven't quite worked out the semantics of my new language fully...)

Inbar Rose


Jon Clements

Ummm... not a bad name - might consider that ;0

Inbar Rose

or LinguaVega ?

Or, going with the theme. Lets call the language: "Salad"

And let me just say, "Turnip orange banana, tomato celery onion."

Jon Clements

Hey - no need to insult my mum ;)

Inbar Rose

I didn't say anything about her.

You must think I said "Turnip orange banana, eggpland celery pear."

Jon Clements

paw-paw goatsbeard :(


Good day people

Inbar Rose


Metasyntactic Use

Much like the Smurfs, chat members will occasionally use “cabbage” as a placeholder word in circumstances where it would normally make no sense. For example, the motto of the room is “The productive programming cabbage”. Here, “cabbage” means “language”.