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 08, 2019
“If you were a vegetable, you’d be a rudeabaga”

"If you were a vegetable, you’d be a rudeabaga” (rude + rutabaga) is a jocular saying that has been printed on several images. “If you were a plant you’d be a RUDEabaga” was posted on Twitter by ocp on March 17, 2014. “ I’ve always been fond of ‘damn you mean, If you were a vegetable you’d be a rudeabaga’” was posted on Twitter by Bonan O’Crien on June 1, 2014.

Related sayings include “If you were a fruit, you’d be a fineapple” and “If you were a vegetable, you’d be a cutecumber.”

The “rudeabaga” (rude + rutabaga) portmanteau word has been used in several riddles. “What do you call a mean vegetable? A RUDE-abaga!” was posted on Twitter by lil gib on June 27, 2012. “What kind of vegetable has the worst manners?? a RUDEabaga” was posted on Twitter by president jojo on June 9, 2013. “What is the most impolite vegetable? A rude-abag” was posted on Reddit—3amjokes on August 19, 2017. “What Do You Call a Mean Vegetable? A rudeabaga” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on April 8, 2019.


Wikipedia: Rutabaga
The rutabaga (North American English), swede (Commonwealth English), or neep (Scottish and Northern English), also called by several other names in different regions (including turnip, though this elsewhere usually refers to the “white turnip"), is a root vegetable that originated as a cross between the cabbage and the turnip. The roots are eaten in a variety of ways, and the leaves can be eaten as a leaf vegetable. The roots and tops are also used as winter feed that is fed directly or that livestock can forage in the field during the other seasons. Scotland and Ireland have a tradition of carving the roots into lanterns at Halloween.

Twitter
Leslie
@LilJerseyDevil
What’s the worst vegetable? A rude-abaga.
11:19 AM - 5 Jul 2011

Twitter
lil gib
@gdizzledawg
What do you call a mean vegetable? A RUDE-abaga!
4:48 PM - 27 Jun 2012

Twitter
president jojo
@NonePizza
hey @WilliamShatner what kind of vegetable has the worst manners?? a RUDEabaga
8:21 PM - 9 Jun 2013

Twitter
Nolan Willoughby
@nolanwillerd
Hey you guys, what’s the rudest vegetable?
*pauses for dramatic effect*
A RUDEABAGA!
I’ll see myself out…
9:37 PM - 6 Sep 2013

Google Books
More Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
By Rob Elliott
Grand Rapids, MI: Revell
2014
Pg. ?:
Q: What kind of vegetable has the worst manners?
A: A rudeabaga.

Twitter
ocp
@ocp143
If you were a plant you’d be a RUDEabaga
4:30 PM - 17 Mar 2014 from Portland, OR

Twitter
Bonan O’Crien
@charbroil_chew
@instagrampa_666 I’ve always been fond of ‘damn you mean, If you were a vegetable you’d be a rudeabaga.’
12:16 PM - 1 Jun 2014

Twitter
hungry lil goblin
@dayladevore
what’s the meanest vegetable?
a RUDE-abaga!!
12:45 AM - 21 Aug 2014

Twitter
Casey Jones
@CaseyJones2187
If you were a vegetable, you would be a RUDEabaga
9:46 PM - 27 Oct 2014

Twitter
inactive bc life
@diminloutive
@Harry_Styles what do you call a vegetable that doesn’t have manners?
a RUDEabaga
8:11 PM - 21 Nov 2014

Twitter
Insane in the memebrane
@Brotund
I thought of a stupid joke while cooking dinner.
What kind of vegetable doesn’t have many friends.
A rudeabaga.
9:57 PM - 10 Mar 2015

Twitter
Trevor
@WittyChico
If you were a vegtable you’d be a rudeabaga
12:32 AM - 26 Jul 2015

Twitter
Ricky
@FuckRickyy
“If you were a vegetable you would be a cutecumber”
“Shut the fuck up”
“Actually you’d Be a rudeabaga :/”
4:39 PM - 28 Jul 2015

Twitter
Colton Graves
@ColtonGraves25
If you were a vegetable you’d be a (rude)abaga
9:37 PM - 19 Dec 2015

Twitter
Drew Dillman
@dizzle_dillman
What kind of vegetable has the worst manners?
A rude-abaga!
11:18 AM - 5 Jul 2016

Reddit—3amjokes
Posted by u/lockenator August 19, 2017
What is the most impolite vegetable?
A rude-abag

Twitter
Jordan Remmes
@jordanremmes
Me: if you were a vegetable you would be a cute-cumber
Person: get out
Me: ok I guess you’re a rude-abaga
10:49 AM - 19 Nov 2017

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/JeffKaplansMom April 8, 2019
What Do You Call a Mean Vegetable?
A rudeabaga.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, April 08, 2019 • Permalink