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According to OxfordDictionaries.com, the word 'wheat' can be only a noun. However, in a scene from the television cartoon Rick and Morty, it was used as a verb in the phrase "nice to wheat you".

  1. What is the meaning of the expression 'nice to wheat you'? (my guess is 'to ground you to the powder')

  2. Is it an idiom?

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    Perhaps it was "nice to eat you" - (said the spider to the fly).
    – WS2
    May 1, 2017 at 21:01
  • @WS2 May be, according to the cartoon he has a slight lisp
    – Max
    May 1, 2017 at 21:04
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    Definitely a pun f*** you very much which is very close to thank you very much for getting me into much trouble.
    – Yuri
    May 2, 2017 at 10:54

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It's a pun, not correct English.

The proper idiom is "Nice to meet you" but the character is throwing wheat crackers, so he substitutes the rhyming word (meet/wheat) to make a joke.

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    Either wheat crackers, or wheat cereal. (I'm not sure which it is, but either one explains the corny pun.)
    – J.R.
    May 1, 2017 at 21:06
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    @J.R. If you want to get technical, they're Wheat Thins :)
    – relaxing
    May 1, 2017 at 21:07
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    I'll take your word for it. (It just looked like cereal to me, the way they were stacked up in that bowl.)
    – J.R.
    May 1, 2017 at 21:09
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    They mention the brand in the cartoon: youtube.com/watch?v=jRB6GkFPt18
    – relaxing
    May 1, 2017 at 21:11
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    I would not call an intentional pun on the part of the speaker a malapropism. In the case of fiction, the intent that matters is the character's, not the writer(s); Sheridan presumably intentionally created all of Mrs Malaprop's substitutions, even if she was unaware of the errors in the context of the play. In this case, both the screenwriters and the character intend the pun, so it is not a malapropism.
    – 1006a
    May 2, 2017 at 3:03

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