Of Pits and Pitting
A problem has plagued this explinger for some time and he still cannot make sense of it. Perhaps some other explinger might be able to splain it to him. The problem is this: Why do "pitted" olives still have their pits? Now for the second time I have bought pitted olives expecting no hard stones in the center and got just that, hard stones.
My first intuition is that "pitted" means that the pit has been removed. The OED supports this intuition: "Of fruit: having the pit or stone removed; = STONED ppl. a. and a. 6. "
Further, Mrs. \\//!_ _!3 points out that "pitted" cherries do not have pits.
And, there are about a gozillion hits for "unpitted" olives on Google, which do not have pits. Meanwhile, "unpitted" cherries still got their pits.
Somethin' funny goin' on here.