The Other I

July 8, 2014

What’s in a name?

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 1:53 pm

I learned something new yesterday.  I was looking for some clever way to keep our strawberries from being spoiled while they were ripening lying on the earth around the plant.  “The old-fashioned method,” my husband told me, was to put straw around the plant.  “It’s why they are called strawberries,” he said.

My goodness:  this has opened a whole new world of berry-naming to me.  Without any help at all, I figured out all by myself why the berries on another bush are called “blueberries.”  And perhaps raspberries are named after their raspy surface?  I doubt elderberries were named after the village elders, though, or that barberries are named after the barbarians, and if currants are supposed to be contemporary, the name isn’t even spelled right.

 

 

 

 

Maybe, though, gooseberries are named after geese.  I had to climb down on my hands and knees yesterday to pick them from underneath the pickly gooseberry branches.  Would have been much easier for a goose than it was for me.

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2 Comments »

  1. Barberries! A new one to me. Maybe because they are eaten in bars?

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    Comment by Thomas J. Hubschman — July 8, 2014 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

    • Oh, but of course it’s because they are eaten in bars. Brilliant!

      On Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM, The Other I wrote:

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      Comment by Terry Sissons — July 8, 2014 @ 3:32 pm | Reply


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