A few years ago my son dropped his cellphone in the thank-God-it-was-clean toilet. He rushed out and asked me for a bowl of uncooked white rice. I thought he had gone insane. I just blinked at him. He said something like “Mom! A bowl of white rice that hasn’t been cooked!” Maybe he was drunk. Now it was his turn to look at me like I had early onset dementia. “Mom! To absorb the water??!!” And then I understood.
As I was going to get the bowl of rice, I thought what a strange request. But I humored him. I didn’t say what I was thinking. This will never work and you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. And who would have guessed? It worked. The water was absorbed; the phone worked fine.
Which got me thinking about white rice. Think of “white rice” as a noun, as opposed to a noun and an adjective. My husband likes white rice. What does he like? White rice. Noun. He’s a white rice kind of guy. What kind of guy is he? A white rice kind of guy. Adjective. Define “white rice kind of guy.” 1. A guy who likes bland food. 2. Not a bland guy.
Non-grammar uses for white rice? Food. Yes. Personality description? Yes. Technology Revolution Repair Device? Yes. Huh?
Yes. Yes it is.