Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Nec-tar-ine: (1,111)

Hey, this is my 1,111th post to Precision Blogging. How about that?

I was thinking: an awful lot of fruits have one or two syllable names in English. Apparently we like fruit names to be as simple as their operating instructions. 'Nectarine' is a notable exception. I suspected that this word was a 20th Century invention, but a quick web search will show you that the word is at least 400 years old.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Banana," "pineapple," "pomegranate" -- and that's just the 1st 3 that came to mind.

The Blogger said...

Lemon, Lime, orange, pear, peach, grapes, grapefruit, melon, plaintain, plum, quince, medlar, cherry, loquat, kumquat, greengage, currant, raisin, coffee, date, ... there are plenty of these.

-- the old prune, PB