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Entry from August 30, 2021
“Onion rings are just vegetarian calamari”

Calamari is a fried squid dish that has been compared to onion rings.

“A toast (a toast!) to calamari: the onion rings of the sea” was posted on Twitter by RJ Cantrell on August 13, 2008. “Calimari are the onion rings of the sea” was posted on Twitter by Will Revis on April 9, 2009. “mmm calamari - the onion rings of the sea” was posted on Twitter by achelray on November 27, 2009. “Calamari are onion rings of the sea” was posted on Twitter by “mr 50k” josh (c) on June 9, 2012.

“If you don’t know any better, fried calamari seems an awful lot like chewy onion rings. #odd #observational” was posted on Twitter by Joshua Hammond on August 7, 2009. “calamari’s cool as long as I think of it as chewy onion rings” was posted on Twitter by Ken Griffey Jr. on September 25, 2009. “calamari is like chewy onion rings. Yummy” was posted on Twitter by JohnnyB on November 11, 2009. “Calamari.  The sea’s chewy onion rings” was posted on Twitter by Chris Solis on March 24, 2016. “Fried calamari is basically just chewy onion rings” was posted on Twitter by 🕷 on May 21, 2017. “Fried calamari is just extra chewy onion rings” was posted on Twitter by Jenna Irwin on October 1, 2018.

“onion rings are ghetto calamari” was posted on Twitter by Illuminated Wonder on March 26, 2012. “Onion rings are ghetto calamari” was posted on Twitter by KILLA KAM! on April 27, 2012. “onion rings are just ghetto calamari” was posted on Twitter by Illuminated Wonder on August 1, 2013.

“Onion rings are the broke man’s calamari” was posted on Twitter by [+ultraNam] on August 7, 2013. “One of the most real tweets I’ve ever seen lol. ‘@meowalem: Onion rings are the broke man’s calamari’” was posted on Twitter by Sydney later on August 7, 2013. “Onion rings are calamari for poor people!!! I get it now!!!!” was posted on Twitter by Chong Enting on May 29, 2016. “Onion rings are the poor college students calamari” was posted on Twitter by Lilly Jensen on December 16, 2016. “onion rings are a poor mans calamari” was posted on Twitter by becca on May 16, 2018.

“Calamari is the rich mans onion rings” was posted on Twitter by Joanna Zheng on September 7, 2013. “Calamari is basically onion rings for rich people” was posted on Twitter by rach on October 17, 2014. “Calamari is just onion rings for rich people” was posted on Twitter by Will Whitney on June 27, 2016. “Calamari is just onion rings for the rich” was posted on Twitter by Adam Durbin on April 10, 2019.

“tbt to when I thought fried calamari was just a boujee plate of onion rings” was posted on Twitter by michael✕lindley✕jones on August 23, 2018. “Had some calamari tryna see what the rich nigga lifestyle saying… so tell me why it’s just a bougie version of onion rings filled with some typa fish?” was posted on Twitter by “-” on August 16, 2019. “calamari is just boujee onion rings” was posted on Twitter by brynn on November 6, 2019.

“Just had the most aaaamazing calamari in my life...aka italian onion rings smile” was posted on Twitter by emily sheffield on March 10, 2010. “But honestly, I think a good way to trick people into spending more money is to tell them that calamari are just Italian onion rings” was posted on Twitter by dad on October 31, 2013. “Fried Calamari are just Italian onion rings” was posted on Twitter by Body surfer chris on January 1, 2014. “Calamari are italian onion rings #WhiteLiesYouTellKids” was posted on Twitter by “is this the right Mask?” on May 11, 2018. “fried calamari is basically italian onion rings… don’t @ me” was posted on Twitter by johnny nitti on June 8, 2019. “Fried calamari are Italian onion rings” was posted on Twitter by Dan on August 27, 2019. “Calamari is just Italian onion rings” was posted on Twitter by Paul C on May 29, 2021.

“Onion rings are just vegetarian calamari. Don’t @ me” was posted on Twitter by Michael on March 21, 2018. “Onion rings are like large vegetarian calamari” was posted on Twitter by rampaige on October 23, 2018. “Onion rings are vegetarian calamari” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on June 17, 2019. “Onion rings are just vegetarian calamari” was posted on Twitter by jake giovannucci on August 12, 2019.

Onion rings can be vegan, but some recipes add milk and/or egg to the flour to coat the rings. “Onion rings are vegan calamari” was posted on Twitter by genna on June 14, 2018. “Onion rings are vegan calamari” was posted on Twitter by superfood05 on July 5, 2018. “Onion rings are just vegan calamari” was posted on Twitter by don on July 12, 2018. “Onion rings are just vegan calamari” was posted on Twitter by Jesslin on April 18, 2020. “onion rings are just vegan calamari” was posted on Twitter by lime s on July 3, 2021.


Wikipedia: Squid as food
Squid is eaten in many cuisines; in English, the culinary name calamari is often used for squid dishes.

Wikipedia: Onion ring
An onion ring, also called a French fried onion ring, is a form of appetizer or side dish in British and American cuisine. They generally consist of a cross-sectional “ring” of onion dipped in batter or bread crumbs and then deep fried; a variant is made with onion paste.

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RJ Cantrell
@RJCantrell
A toast (a toast!) to calamari: the onion rings of the sea.
11:51 AM · Aug 13, 2008·Twitter Web Client

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itzpapalotl@itzpapalotl·Mar 6, 2009
Replying to @oneroman
@oneroman I’m trying to convince my husband: seafood is practically vegetable. “fruits de mere”, right? calamari are the ocean’s onion rings

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Will Revis
@willrevis
Calimari are the onion rings of the sea.
11:42 PM · Apr 9, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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Joshua Hammond
@J_T_Hammond
If you don’t know any better, fried calamari seems an awful lot like chewy onion rings. #odd #observational http://myloc.me/isYB
8:12 PM · Aug 7, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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Ken Griffey Jr.@LuckyLeftE·Sep 25, 2009
Replying to @cedricshine
@nativenotes calamari’s cool as long as I think of it as chewy onion rings. If I think about the fact id never touch an octopus, vomit

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King Gyros Greek
@KingGyrosGreek
Fried Calamari is crunchy! Kids call them mini onion rings!  http://ow.ly/i/5B7 Try telling them them! You might convince!
6:52 PM · Oct 30, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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JohnnyB@JohnnyBcomedy·Nov 11, 2009
Replying to @pbonney
@pbonney calamari is like chewy onion rings. Yummy

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achelray
@achelray
mmm calamari - the onion rings of the sea.
12:17 PM · Nov 27, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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emily sheffield
@Butterfly20
Just had the most aaaamazing calamari in my life...aka italian onion rings smile
8:19 PM · Mar 10, 2010·Twitter SMS

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Illuminated Wonder
@illuminatedwndr
onion rings are ghetto calamari
11:38 PM · Mar 26, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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KILLA KAM!
@KillaKAMBO
Onion rings are ghetto calamari
4:14 AM · Apr 27, 2012·TweetDeck

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“mr 50k” josh (c)
@j0shc
“Calamari are onion rings of the sea” - @DerrickFrmAbove
1:40 AM · Jun 9, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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ACE ANTONIO (FAN ACCOUNT)
@realAceAntonio
Calamari is so good. Its like the onion rings of the sea.
6:14 PM · May 12, 2013·Twitter SMS

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Illuminated Wonder
@illuminatedwndr
onion rings are just ghetto calamari
4:00 PM · Aug 1, 2013·Twitter Web Client

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[+ultraNam]
@alemworldwide
Onion rings are the broke man’s calamari.
11:42 AM · Aug 7, 2013·Twitter for Android

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Sydney
@sydneysimonexo
Replying to @alemworldwide
One of the most real tweets I’ve ever seen lol. “@meowalem: Onion rings are the broke man’s calamari.”
11:56 AM · Aug 7, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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Joanna Zheng
@zheng_joanna
“Calamari is the rich mans onion rings” #elitistbalto
5:21 PM · Sep 7, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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dad
@wxlff
But honestly, I think a good way to trick people into spending more money is to tell them that calamari are just Italian onion rings.
8:44 AM · Oct 31, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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TB
@vosbauer
Replying to @Super_Heroux
A timely quote. “@HerroHeroux: “Calamari: the onion rings of the sea.” - Sam Graves”
7:50 PM · Dec 31, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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body surfer chris
@EatAllThePizza
Fried Calamari are just Italian onion rings
10:36 AM · Jan 2, 2014·Twitter for Android

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rach
@rachconrn
Calamari is basically onion rings for rich people
6:46 PM · Oct 17, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

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Sami
@sammgria
“Calamari is the onion rings of the sea”
--
@slowjo13
10:12 PM · Apr 15, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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Jimmy Towel Pants
@yaboyjimmyh
Fried calamari are fancy onion rings
8:46 PM · Aug 21, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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Kat Marie
@KParkerthe3rd
So I told Kamryn and Chandler that calamari are Italian onion rings and they fell for it
11:49 PM · Dec 16, 2015 from Ohio, USA·Twitter for iPhone

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Chris Solis
@ChrisSolis
Calamari.  The sea’s chewy onion rings.
10:36 AM · Mar 24, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

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Chong Enting
@Entingg
Onion rings are calamari for poor people!!! I get it now!!!!
1:00 AM · May 29, 2016·Echofon

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Will Whitney
@WillWhitneyUSA
Calamari is just onion rings for rich people
12:01 PM · Jun 27, 2016·Twitter for Android

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Stuck In A Bucket
@StuckInA_Bucket
A #parents life - I told my daughter that calamari are Italian onion rings.....
#momlife
6:42 PM · Dec 8, 2016·Twitter for Android

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Lilly Jensen
@LillyJ97
Onion rings are the poor college students calamari
3:02 PM · Dec 16, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

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rated r superstar
@gwenstefanifan
calamari are really just the onion rings of the sea
2:40 PM · Jan 8, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

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🕷
@HIGHSYLVIE
Fried calamari is basically just chewy onion rings
4:30 PM · May 21, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

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Jesus Trejo
@JesusTrejo
Fried Calamari are the “onion rings” of the sea.
7:02 PM · Jul 21, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/Atightschip September 8, 2017
Calamari is an onion ring made with squid instead of onion

Twitter
Larold Blondo
@pondalicious
Tuna is chicken of the sea but ppl forget calamari are the onion rings of the sea
6:25 PM · Oct 31, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

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Tegan Fellows
@TeganFell
Calamari are onion rings of the sea
4:39 PM · Mar 13, 2018·Twitter for Android

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Michael
@mllovelace
Onion rings are just vegetarian calamari. Don’t @ me. cc: @timmahas
12:55 AM · Mar 21, 2018 from Salt Lake City, UT·Twitter for iPhone

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is this the right Mask?
@stamishinc
Calamari are italian onion rings #WhiteLiesYouTellKids
6:38 PM · May 11, 2018·Twitter for iPad

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becca
@beccaisnotheree
onion rings are a poor mans calamari
11:07 AM · May 16, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

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genna
@GennaContino
Onion rings are vegan calamari
10:09 PM · Jun 14, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

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superfood05
@wakeupsheeple05
Onion rings are vegan calamari.
6:08 PM · Jul 5, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

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don
@tbhdon
Onion rings are just vegan calamari
12:30 AM · Jul 12, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

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michael✕lindley✕jones
@Mrs_Bruce_Wayne
tbt to when I thought fried calamari was just a boujee plate of onion rings
1:40 PM · Aug 23, 2018 from Orlando, FL·Twitter for iPhone

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Faith on the Fringe
@Faithonthe
Onion rings are vegan calamari.
1:57 PM · Sep 15, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

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Jenna Irwin
@JennaN_Irwin
Fried calamari is just extra chewy onion rings
2:49 PM · Oct 1, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

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rampaige.
@paaigecourtneey
Onion rings are like large vegetarian calamari
10:53 PM · Oct 23, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/Bounty1Berry January 1, 2019
Calamari is just onion rings with an eldritch soul
It seems like if you’re in the market for fried, circular foods, you’d prefer the one not likely to call its mom who is a Great Old One during the prep process.

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/griffon111 February 20, 2019
Calamari is just squid onion rings.

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jake giovannucci
@jakegiovannucci
Onion rings are just vegetarian calamari
4:48 PM · Aug 12, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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Adam Durbin
@Adamdurbin35
Calamari is just onion rings for the rich
7:06 PM · Apr 10, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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Eze
@KingUdocus
Replying to @KingUdocus
Always thought Calamari was the rich person way of saying Onion rings I’m a mess
1:44 PM · May 15, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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Reagan
@reagannpowers
Calamari is just the onion rings of the sea
8:45 PM · May 25, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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johnny nitti
@johnny_nitti
fried calamari is basically italian onion rings… don’t @ me
8:52 PM · Jun 8, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/Cantevisa June 17, 2019
Onion rings are vegetarian calamari.

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jake giovannucci
@jakegiovannucci
Onion rings are just vegetarian calamari
4:48 PM · Aug 12, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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-
@mustafa30_
Had some calamari tryna see what the rich nigga lifestyle saying… so tell me why it’s just a bougie version of onion rings filled with some typa fish?
10:08 AM · Aug 16, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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Dan
@DanSparano
Fried calamari are Italian onion rings.
@pat_kingsley @Graywacz
9:06 AM · Aug 27, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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May
@Mayebk
Calamari are the onion rings of the sea
5:31 PM · Sep 14, 2019·Twitter for Android

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Geoff Bergstrom
@Gberg21
Onion rings are just vegetarian fried calamari.
1:42 PM · Oct 19, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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brynn
@bryyynnn
calamari is just boujee onion rings
9:44 PM · Nov 6, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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bokuto
@bokhootoe
Replying to @oiikawaii and @Oiks01
Onion rings are vegetarian calamari
2:28 PM · Nov 17, 2019·Twitter for Android

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Jesslin
@hjesslinward
Onion rings are just vegan calamari
2:49 PM · Apr 18, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Sasha Taylor
@RabbitualFender
Calamari are the onion rings of the sea
6:49 PM · Aug 19, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Al
@ally0000P
Replying to @auuddrrey
another 12/10 thought from the mind of audrey
“calamari are just the onion rings of the sea”
4:22 PM · Aug 26, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Greg Carlson
@guybehindawall
Replying to @DGerowPR @coastlines and @JasonABowman
Calamari are the Onion Rings of the Sea, do I fucking have to do everything around here?
4:07 PM · Sep 21, 2020 from Worcester, MA·Twitter for Android

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Paul C
@paulcrpntr11
Calamari is just Italian onion rings
8:28 PM · May 29, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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lime s
@lime4realz
onion rings are just vegan calamari
5:38 PM · Jul 3, 2021·Twitter Web App

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Faruq! Faruq! Faruq is on fire!
@FaruqOff
Calamari are the onion rings of the sea
7:20 PM · Jul 17, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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anna
@ahbuckybarnes
calamari are the onion rings of the sea
6:26 PM · Aug 14, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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