Monday, June 16, 2014

Origins of Orange

The word 'orange' originally referred to the fruit; the color was named after it (just like peach or plum). 'Orange' comes from the French 'orenge', which surprisingly enough doesn't come from Latin-- 'orenge' has roots in the Arabic 'naranj' and Persian 'narang', both referring to the fruit.

Interestingly, the place name 'Orange' in France is unrelated to the fruit-- a Celtic town called Arausio existed there in Roman times, and later became linked to the color orange, Protestantism, Dutch royalty, and, to make this all relevant, the Dutch football team that beat Spain 5-1 in their first World Cup 2014 match.

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