Crunchy, salty, delicious goobers. Sure, you could call them "peanuts." But why would you pass up the chance to say "goober"? hide caption itoggle caption Danielle Segura/Flickr Code Switch A Legume With Many Names: The Story Of 'Goober' Today, everyone calls it a peanut. Southerners might also say 'goober.' But before the Civil War, there were a dozen names for that humble legume, and it wasn't at all clear which one would win out.