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Settle an "argument" (see details)?

Asked by ucme (39601 points ) April 8th, 2014

Is an orange called an orange because an orange is orange?
Or…is orange called orange because oranges are orange?

No matter which is true, the “argument” cannot be “won” =0}

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ucme's avatar

Thank you berry much.

janbb's avatar

Orange you glad I didn’t say bananas?

ucme's avatar

Hey, quit cherry picking the best gags

filmfann's avatar

Oranges are called Oranges because they are Orange.

Awareness of the color predates the awareness of the fruit.

janbb's avatar

@ucme Always knew you were a fruit!

hominid's avatar

@filmfann – According to wikipedia, “The colour orange is named after the appearance of the ripe orange fruit.[2] The word comes from the Old French orenge, from the old term for the fruit, pomme d’orenge. That name comes from the Arabic naranj, through the Persian naranj, derived from the sanskrit naranga.[3] The first recorded use of orange as a colour name in English was in 1512,[4][5] in a will now filed with the Public Record Office.

Before this word was introduced to the English-speaking world, the colour was referred to as ġeolurēad (yellow-red).

ucme's avatar

Correction, fruity

Cruiser's avatar

An orange is called an orange because apple was already taken and tastes nothing like a banana..

ucme's avatar

I vote from this day forth, a banana shall be known as a yellow & so it is written…here.

ucme's avatar

This gets two three GQ’s, gotta love Fluther.

elbanditoroso's avatar

And here I thought the fruit got its name because it was originally eaten by Orangutans….

ibstubro's avatar

What an appeeling question! Of course it has GQ’s.

I’m sorry sir, but it seems yellow is taken. A couple of weeks ago we ordered margaritas at our favorite Mexican restaurant and the girl taking our order said, “We no have limes. We have (extending her thumb and forefinger, then putting her other index finger across to make a wedge) yellow.”

janbb's avatar

Which sparks a further question. Are limes lime or is lime limes?

Seek's avatar

Are you pushing a fruit/colour relationship agenda?

janbb's avatar

I don’t believe in fruits.

ibstubro's avatar

Sacrilege, @janbb! Where would Fluther be without fruits??

janbb's avatar

You can’t prove that fruits exist. I say they don’t. (Is this the argument clinic yet?)

SavoirFaire's avatar

@janbb No, it isn’t.

janbb's avatar

@SavoirFaire Yes it is. Are you calling me a liar, sir?

ibstubro's avatar

Pants afire!

Symbeline's avatar

I’d like to know what the word orange, for the fruit, is in several other languages. In French it’s the same, and also named orange, after the color. But in other languages to they have a name for the fruit which has nothing to do with describing it by its color? Or maybe like, in some other countries, oranges are different colors.

Now I’m all reminded of Calvin and Hobbes where his dad tells him that old photographs are black and white because the world didn’t invent color until the 50’s or something.

longgone's avatar

^^ In German, the fruit is “Orange”. The colour is “orange”. They’re pronounced differently, though.

ucme's avatar

Who said limey, who…who!?!

Cruiser's avatar

@Symbeline I used that same explanation when my kids asked that same question.

ucme's avatar

Apparently, there are no words that rhyme with orange or purple or silver…colour discrimination!

Symbeline's avatar

In french, the name Solange rhymes with the french word orange.

ucme's avatar

Alright smartbottom, English just has to be awkward I guess.

Symbeline's avatar

Does anything rhyme with that? With awkward? or smartbottom? XD

ucme's avatar

Yeah Eminem, stick those words in ya rap eh, eh?

dxs's avatar

What a fruitile argument…

longgone's avatar

This just belongs here. Watch “My Blackberry is not working.”I apologize.

ibstubro's avatar

HILARIOUS, @longgone! You’re right, it fit right in.

ucme's avatar

Fwoot

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