Sunday, April 16, 2006

Question of the Day

"Mommy, I have a strange question for you. If oranges are called 'oranges,' why aren't lemons called 'yellows'?"

3 Comments:

Anonymous peripateticpolarbear said...

excellent question

7:07 PM  
Anonymous badgermama said...

my god! why have i never wondered this myself?

SUCH a good question...

4:13 PM  
Blogger ALG said...

That is a wonderful question. You do know the answer, don't you? I think it's that oranges come from a place in France (I think) called Narange, and one was originally called "a narange" which became "an orange." And the color was named after the fruit. I know that because I asked my father a similar question at a similar age, and that was the answer he gave me.

(In Hebrew, a lot of colors are named after things. "Yarok" means "green" and is from the same root as the word for "vegetable." "Afor" means "gray" and is from the same root as the word for "ash." "Katom," means "orange" and is from the same root as the word for "stain." That's all I can think of right now.)

11:43 AM  

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