(From the story of the little girl who said “I know how to spell “banana”, but I don’t know when to stop”). Not knowing where or when to bring a production to a close (compare fencepost error). One may say “there is a banana problem” of an algorithm with poorly defined or incorrect termination conditions, or in discussing the evolution of a design that may be succumbing to featuritis (see also creeping elegance, creeping featuritis). See item 176 under HAKMEM, which describes a banana problem in a Dissociated Press implementation. Also, see one-banana problem for a superficially similar but unrelated usage.
- Banana republic
any of the small countries in the tropics, especially in the Western Hemisphere, whose economies are largely dependent on fruit exports, tourism, and foreign investors. Contemporary Examples Opponents said Sarkozy backing his son for the job made France look like a “banana republic.” A Sarkozy Is Born Tracy McNicoll October 19, 2011 Tropico is the […]
- Banana republics
any of the small countries in the tropics, especially in the Western Hemisphere, whose economies are largely dependent on fruit exports, tourism, and foreign investors. noun (derogatory) a small country, esp in Central America, that is politically unstable and has an economy dominated by foreign interest, usually dependent on one export, such as bananas n. […]
- Banana seat
an elongated bicycle seat that is tapered toward the front and has a gentle upward curve at the back.
- Banana shrub
a tall Chinese shrub, Michelia figo, of the magnolia family, having cream-yellow flowers with a reddish edge and a strong banana odor.