How Did Fruits Get Their Names? ~ Kwentology


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The names of many fruits are derived from foreign languages, both ancient and modern. Sometimes it is quite surprising to learn how certain names began. Take a word like gooseberry, for example. It has nothing to do with geese. In Saxon, gorst meant rough, and this berry got its name because it grows on a rough or thorny shrub.

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Raspberry comes from the German verb raspen, which means to rub together or rub as with a file. Strawberry is a corruption of 'strayberry', and was so named because of the way runners from this plant stray in all directions.

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The cranberry was once called the 'cranberry' because the slender stalks resemble the long legs and neck of the crane. The term grape is the English equivalent of the Italian grappo, and the Dutch and French grappe, all of which mean a 'bunch'. Melon is the Greek word for apple, while tomato is the West Indian name for love-apple.

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Botanist classify tomatoes as fruits. Horticulturist, however classify them as vegetable. Most other people consider tomatoes to be vegetables because they are used in much the same way as many other vegetables.
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Lol, funny post tittle that brought me, nice info boss

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Interesting article, Michael. :)
As they see, intelligence is knowing that tomato is a fruit. Wisdom lies in not using it in a fruit salad. :D :P

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