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CHAT: Strawberry (was Re: Lexical Relatedness Morphology (wa Re: [Conlangs-Conf] Conference Overview))

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Monday, May 8, 2006, 9:19
On 5/7/06, David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...> wrote:
> 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.
Careful -- the "they're grown in straw" etymology theory is one theory, but there are others; for example, I've heard that another theory is that the "straw-" bit refers to the colour of the seeds on the outside. I don't know whether anyone knows for sure why this particular fruit is called a strawberry, only that the name is pretty old. *googles* Heh, Snopes specifically states that the claim "Strawberries are so named because they are bedded in straw" is "False": . See also , , , and . Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>


David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>