A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 19, 2022
“A cheese grater makes cheese lesser”

"Cheese grater” does not mean “cheese greater.” There is no “cheese lesser,” but there are jokes. “the name ‘cheese lesser’ never would’ve caught on” was posted on Twitter by freckle face on March 8, 2012.

“Shouldn’t a cheese grater be called a cheese lesser? It makes cheese smaller” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on November 9, 2014. “Why is it called a cheese grater when it removes cheese? Shouldn’t it be a cheese lesser?” was posted on Reddit—Shittyaskscience on June 10, 2016. “A cheese grater makes cheese lesser” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on March 11, 2019.

“a cheese grater implies the existence of a cheese lesser” was posted on Twitter by Denny’s on August 16, 2018.


Wikipedia: Grater
A grater, also known as a shredder, is a kitchen utensil used to grate foods into fine pieces. The modern grater was invented by François Boullier in the 1540s, originally to grate cheese.

Twitter
Au plus sacrant
@auplussacrant
Just traded my shitty cheese grater for a proper IKEA one! OR “I bought a cheese grater to replace my current cheese lesser.”
6:34 PM · May 31, 2011·Build a Gadget Sidebar Explorer

Twitter
freckle face
@domesticH
the name “cheese lesser” never would’ve caught on.
10:15 PM · Mar 8, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
soup for my family
@pocopride
A cheese grater takes a big piece of cheese and makes it smaller. So why isn’t then called a cheese lesser?
7:06 PM · Mar 26, 2012·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Totally True Facts
@UberFakets
A mini cheese grater is technically called a cheese lesser.
5:35 PM · Feb 6, 2013·TweetDeck

Twitter
Alana Doré 🇨🇦
@sassypants81
I’m returning my cheese grater to the store today.  It always makes my cheese lesser.
1:21 PM · Apr 25, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
a a r o n
@yzordderrex
A cheese grater makes your cheese lesser.
11:37 PM · Dec 17, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
controvagonk
@1inhalfabillion
Ironically the cheese grater actually makes the cheese lesser.
1:48 PM · May 1, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Austin Blain
@AyeABee
“Oh, we have two cheese graters.”
“That means one of them must be a cheese lesser.”
10:28 PM · Oct 6, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/SaturnMoth November 9, 2014
Shouldn’t a cheese grater be called a cheese lesser?
It makes cheese smaller.

Reddit—Shittyaskscience
Posted by u/DetN8 June 10, 2016
Why is it called a cheese grater when it removes cheese? Shouldn’t it be a cheese lesser?

Twitter
Denny’s
@DennysDiner
a cheese grater implies the existence of a cheese lesser
3:01 PM · Aug 16, 2018·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Molasses Boy
@MolassesBoy
Replying to @DennysDiner
A cheese lesser implies the existence of a cheese lessee.
3:08 PM · Aug 16, 2018·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
All This Bread so Yummy-penny
@SoCal_vin
Why do they call it a cheese greater when all it does is make cheese lesser?
3:03 PM · Sep 2, 2018·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Steakhouse Philly
@StkHousePhilly
a cheese grater implies the existence of a cheese lesser
12:36 PM · Nov 19, 2018·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/which_spartacus March 11, 2019
A cheese grater makes cheese lesser.
COMMENTS
saniity9
Actually. It increases the surface area. So i would argue it makes it grater
which_spartacus
I was thinking of the remaining cheese, actually.

Twitter
Joe Sodium
@JoeSodium
cheese grater > cheese lesser
8:52 PM · May 2, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Brandon Hardin
@hardin
why is it called a cheese grated when it makes cheese smaller, it should be called a cheese lesser
9:35 PM · Nov 7, 2019·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Jake
@jake_schmill
A cheese grater implies the existence of a cheese lesser
9:23 PM · Mar 6, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Madeline, The Sapphic Mind
@xeraxor
The existence of a cheese grater implies the existence of a cheese lesser
7:19 PM · Nov 22, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Michael “Won’t Pose Normally” Gattozzi
@mgattozzi
A Cheese Grater implies the existence of a Cheese Lesser
12:25 AM · Apr 19, 2022·Twitter Web App

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