More Deep Thoughts

How come the orange was exempt from needing a real name?  Apple, pear, strawberry, grape, etc, all had to have real names.  Was the first orange ever discovered so perplexing that it couldn’t be described any way other than its color?  Why didn’t the lemon end up being called a yellow?  They’re pretty much the same thing.  Clearly the lemon was discovered by a more creative person.

I’m serious.  Someone associated a word as silly as “banana” with a yellow peely thing and it stuck, but an orange peely thing is just called “orange”?

Yes, these are the kinds of things I think about when I’m alone on the train.  And as a result I am now on a personal quest to find a proper name for the “orange”.  And with words like “kumquat” out there I’m free to be as ridiculous as I want.  Suggestions welcome.

– J


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7 Responses to “More Deep Thoughts”

  1. Ali Says:

    This makes me happy. 🙂

  2. Popgun Says:



  3. TexanNewYorker Says:

    What if it’s actually a lack of creativity in naming the color orange?

    • J Says:

      Good point. If the color orange had been named something else then that would also be the name of the fruit. And by proxy the juice. So if they had called the color “redellow”, then we’d be drinking redellow juice with breakfast.

  4. Popgun Says:

    Of course, one must ask if the color ‘orange’ that you see is the same as the color ‘orange’ that I see – or are we simply agreeing that we are looking at the same object and whatever we actually see is ‘orange’?. Check out


  5. Texas Grandma Says:

    Why don’t you come up with a word that rhymes with orange while you’re at it. And by the way, look at the GRAPEfruit. Things are bigger in TX but even grapes aren’t that big.

  6. Texas Grandma Says:

    Hey this might help, I just looked up orange in the Dictionary it is a globose berry with a yellowish to reddish orange rind and a sweet edible pulp. So I think I would rather have a nice glass of orange juice than a glass of globose berry juice please. And calling it orange is better than orangish which is somewhat orange. (Also in the Dictionary)

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