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My brain hurts.

Byrdsfan Level 8 Sep 2, 2018

Oh come on! As if I don't have enough to worry about.........smile005.gif


Gee, and here I was all relaxed and enjoying my coffee....


Because oranges are orange


Soooooo y'all know I'm a word nerd? And the queen of Google. And when I googled I found []

The citrus definitely got named first. The earliest recorded use of orange the fruit in English is from the 1300s and came to us from the Old French orenge, adapted from the Arabic nāranj, from the Persian nārang, from the Sanskrit nāranga ("orange tree" ). The Sanskrit word's origin is unclear, but it might come from a Dravidian word meaning "fragrant."

The word's use as a color name doesn't crop up for another 200 years, in the early 1500s. English speakers probably didn't have a specific name for the color until the fruit was widely available in their markets and inspired one. Before then, linguists believe people generally referred to orange as "yellow-red," ġeolurēad in Old English.

Thank you for this, boy I sure am learning a lot on oranges and orange. ?

Wow, well now I can sleep tonight, and not wonder which came first, the orange or the color, haha!

@HippieChick58 Wow, I had always thought that the color name came first.


Well, fuschias are fuschia colored, lilacs are lilac colored, periwinkles are periwinkle... apricots and peaches, and many other things have had a shade of color attributed to it. I'll go with the orange came first, then the color name.

Julie808 Level 7 Sep 2, 2018

That does make a lot of sense thank you very much for that information.


I just know this will still be in my head tomorrow.

Umbral Level 8 Sep 2, 2018

Sorry about that, I've had it in my head all day long???


And nothing rhymes with orange, who does that?

Yeah what is up with that?



It sure is mind-boggling.

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