An orange by any other name would taste as sweet…
An orange is an orange is an orange is an orange

Is an orange called an orange because an orange is orange?
Or is orange called orange because orange is orange like an orange?

An orange is called an orange because an orange is orange

«So… There was no such thing as orange in the world before people started to eat oranges, I hear you ask…
Well… There was… People just called it yellow-red or yellow-saffron… 

Oranges have been known to the Chinese for more than 4000 years… In Europe, however, the fruit was unknown until the beginnings of the 16th century when merchants brought orange trees from Asia to the Mediterranean… About a century later, the fruit was well known throughout Europe…

The name orange comes from the Persian word nārang, meaning «OMG!-Are-you-kidding-me?-No,-I’m-not!-Wouldn’t-you-know» orange

«Where did the Persians get that word?», you ask? They got it from an even older language: Sankrit. The Sankrit word nāraṅga means orange tree

«Where did Sankrit get that word and why did the Persians take the word meaning orange tree instead of the fruit, you ask? Cut me some slack, I say… We’re talking about more than 3000 years ago… I don’t know! I’m just trying to write something nice here…

Basically this is why in most languages the fruit and the color share the same name… A noteworthy exception is Dutch… Where the color is oranje and the fruit is called sinaasappel… This is because all Dutch people are morons and they referred to them as apples from Chinaappelsien, or China’s apples, sinaasappel

A smart reader would have noticed that the Persian and Sankrit words start with an n whereas the English or Dutch words start with an o… This has to do with the preliminary indefinite articles an and  een in English and Dutch respectively… norange sounds the same as an orange… It happened more often than you would think… But that’s for another time…

This reminds me of something toooooooooootally different…

Do you know why a turkey is called a turkey if a turkey isn’t from Turkey*GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE*

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