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OT: [CONLANG] Strawberry Etymology (was: Lexical Relatedness Morphology)

From:And Rosta <and.rosta@...>
Date:Sunday, May 7, 2006, 22:26
Arthaey Angosii, On 07/05/2006 22:54:
> Emaelivpeith David J. Peterson 'sa <dedalvs@...>: >> This is what I like about LRM. Let's take "strawberry", for example. >> When I was creating my handout, I included "strawberry" in my >> examples along with "boysenberry", etc., as a word composed of >> "berry" plus a meaningless (or unpredictable) prefix. My girlfriend >> then pointed out to me that the "straw" in strawberry comes from >> how strawberries are grown. I was flabbergasted. And furthermore, >> the word changed for me forever that day. Now in my head I >> have a story for "*straw*berry", whereas before, I had none. > > Wikipedia calls that particular etymology (of which there are several) > a "folk etymology" -- > > > > > > > OED doesn't know anything about protecting strawberries with straw: > > "[OE. stréaw-, stréow, stréa-, stréuberi{asg}e, f. stréaw STRAW n.1 + > beri{asg}e BERRY n. > > "No corresponding word is found in any other Teut. lang. The reason > for the name has been variously conjectured. One explanation refers > the first element to STRAW n.1 2, a particle of straw or chaff, a > mote, describing the appearance of the achenes scattered over the > surface of the strawberry; another view is that it designates the > runners (cf. STRAW n.1 3). > > "The view of Kluge, that OE. stréaw- in streawberi{asg}e is cogn. w. > L. fr{amac}gum strawberry, is not phonologically satisfactory, and is > also open to objection on other grounds.]" > > However, even if *none* of these explanations are accurate, I may > indeed view strawberries differently now that I have competing > etymologies floating around in my head. :P
I'm sure I saw very recently, during rushed browsing of some email list or other, a conjecture that it comes from a PIE root SRAG, and that it is cognate with the Latin FRAG- (I forget what the Latin ending is; Italian is _fragola_). That well cool suggestion stuck in my mind. --And.