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Quoting Tristan McLeay <[log in to unmask]>:

> Andreas Johansson wrote:
>
> >Incidentally, what is the difference 'tween "mushroom" and "fungus"?
> >
> >
> Mushrooms pass as food. I'm not sure how, but when you don't eat
> mushrooms or olives, it severely limits the variety of pizzas you can
> have. I call mushrooms fungi (the plural of fungus, normally
> pronounced
> in these parts as /faNgai/) to reflect how much I love them.
>
> Fungi includes toadstools, mushrooms, at least one kind of foot
> disease
> and others besides.
>
> Toadstools, which I'm guessing is the next question, are
> mushroom-looking-like things that even those who pass mushrooms as
> food
> won't eat. They're also what faries sit on. I've never seen a toad
> sitting on one.

Does it include all "mushroom-looking-like" things that're inedible?

> If I remember correctly, and I probably don't, fungus is a kingdom
> like
> plant or animal. Mushrooms are merely a subset of them.

Well, I shan't be pontificating on English terminology here, but I do believe
that "fungus" is the English term for the relevant kingdom.

                                                        Andreas