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 06, 2021
“I buy store brand Spanish rice, not name brands. As they say, ‘Arroz by any other name…‘“

"Arroz” (the Spanish word for “rice") can sound like “a “rose.” “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a famous line from William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.

“Arroz by any other name is just rice” was posted on Twitter by Walter Schraft on October 8, 2008. “Arroz by any other name would smell like rice” was posted on Twitter by Mike Godwin on January 24, 2014. “Arroz by any other name would smell like rice” was posted on Twitter by Kevin Sanders on July 9, 2014. “Arroz by any other name would smell like rice” was posted on Twitter by Michael Swaim on August 1, 2016.

“Arroz by any other name would go well with enchiladas” was posted on Twitter by Gian D’Oh on April 18, 2017. “Arroz by any other name tastes just as delicious when served with enchiladas...” was posted on Twitter by Cantina Lobos on June 16, 2017.

“I’ve started buying store brand Spanish rice instead of the expensive stuff. As they say, ‘Arroz by any other name...’” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on April 6, 2021.

“Arroz by any other name would smell as wheat” is a related joke.


Wikipedia: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a popular reference to William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet seems to argue that it does not matter that Romeo is from her family’s rival house of Montague, that is, that he is named “Montague”. The reference is often used to imply that the names of things do not affect what they really are. This formulation is, however, a paraphrase of Shakespeare’s actual language. Juliet compares Romeo to a rose saying that if he were not named Romeo he would still be handsome and be Juliet’s love. This states that if he were not Romeo, then he would not be a Montague and she would be able to marry him without hindrance.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak: 05-02-03
Stan Kegel
May 5, 2003, 3:59:23 AM
(...)
The Spanish Shakesperean actor was cooking dinner one night when his wife walked in the door and asked, “Hmmm, what do I smell?” He answered, “It1s a new risotto recipe. It actually has honey in it.” “Honey?” his wife said, aghast. “If it has honey in it, it can’t be risotto! The recipe has to be called something else.” What did the actor reply? *Arroz* by any other name smells just as sweet. (Cynthia MacGregor)

Twitter
Superfluous-J
@WesleyC
Replying to @Laieanna
@laieanna: I don’t know, but arroz, by any other name, is still “rice” in Spanish
3:08 PM · Sep 5, 2007·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Walter Schraft
@twofingersneat
Arroz by any other name is just rice.
1:27 AM · Oct 8, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Andrew Ellis
@engr_andy
Last tweet from my upcomming Mexican cookbook: “Arroz by Any Other Name.”
11:25 AM · May 22, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Gerrit Verstoep
@gerritv
Replying to @dentaldiva1
@dentaldiva1 Arroz is arroz is arroz. Arroz by any other name would still be rice. . .
12:03 AM · May 27, 2010·TweetDeck

Twitter
Andrew Holtz
@andrew_holtz
Arroz by any other name would go well with fried eggs - Romeo in Spanish Harlem
7:23 PM · Oct 11, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
PBCliberal
@PBCliberal
Arroz by any other name would still be rice.
8:58 PM · Dec 25, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Kahner Macleod of the Clan MacRodriguez
@ftrodriguez
Arroz by any other name is rice
4:13 PM · Jan 7, 2011·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Sean Claes
@seanclaes
“Arroz by any other name would smell as sweet.” - Guillermo Shakespeare
7:21 AM · Jun 28, 2011 from Kyle, TX·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Don
@13Damage
Arroz by any other name will still smell like rice #spicjoke
3:25 PM · Jan 19, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Hip Hop Anonymous
@HabeasDorkis
Arroz by any other name would be rice.
1:14 PM · Jan 14, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Whatever, Dude
@que_veneno
Arroz by any other name is rice… In Spanish.
10:34 PM · Feb 11, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
LET THEM FIGHT
@bizmichael
Arroz by any other name would probably just be rice.
7:21 PM · Mar 19, 2013·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Mike Godwin
@sfmnemonic
Arroz by any other name would smell like rice.
9:21 AM · Jan 24, 2014·TweetDeck

Twitter
Kevin Sanders
@SandersOnDemand
Arroz by any other name would smell like rice.
5:01 PM · Jul 9, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Punny
Posted by u/kerneldashiki March 17, 2015
The Spanish word for rice is “arroz.”
I don’t know what it is in other languages, but I guess it’s just arroz by any other name.

Twitter
Rick Aaron
@RickAaron
“Arroz by any other name is still rice.”
-Guillermo Shakespeare
1:04 AM · Apr 24, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/sinembarg0 July 11, 2016
What’s just as sweet?
Spanish Rice.

Twitter
Michael Swaim
@SWAIM_CORP
Arroz by any other name would smell like rice.
1:09 AM · Aug 1, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Gian D’Oh
@GianDoh
Arroz by any other name would go well with enchiladas.
10:11 PM · Apr 18, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Cantina Lobos
@CantinaLobos
Arroz by any other name tastes just as delicious when served with enchiladas… #arroz #rice… https://instagram.com/p/BVaOYE4Fj6W/
2:01 PM · Jun 16, 2017·Instagram

Twitter
Bitch
@aurorareyne
Arroz by any other name would be rice
11:36 PM · Mar 4, 2019·Twitter for Android

Twitter
peacenik
@epicbutts420
arroz by any other name would still be just rice.
11:11 AM · Nov 21, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Doomburrito April 6, 2021
I’ve started buying store brand Spanish rice instead of the expensive stuff
As they say, “Arroz by any other name...”

Twitter
JokesBot
@RedditJokesBot
I’ve started buying store brand Spanish rice instead of the expensive stuff As they say, “Arroz by any other name...”
11:10 PM · Apr 6, 2021·IFTTT

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