Pineapples, butterflies, and etymology

The words for ‘pineapple’ and ‘butterfly’ have a little thing in common in English – and a striking difference in other languages. Read about it in my latest article for TheWeek.com:

The curious linguistic history of pineapples and butterflies

 

One response to “Pineapples, butterflies, and etymology

  1. Can you tell us anything about the words for “pineapple” in, say, American dialects? Your article gives the (I’m sure unintended) impression that “people” = Europeans — “everyone” uses the same word for “pineapple” because it’s new, whereas butterflies have been around “since before there were even people”.

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