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Comment by Ron Powell on February 17, 2017 at 5:03am

On the other hand, a quick look at the etymologies reveals the following:

"The word banana is thought to be of West African origin, possibly from the Wolof word 'banaana', and passed into English via Spanish or Portuguese".


We can see that the ananas and banana are not related because the etymologies of the words are so disparate .

One word, 'nanas', comes from the Tupi language of the original natives of what is now Brazil, South America, while the other word, 'banaana', comes from the Wolof language in what is now Senegal, Africa spoken natively by the Wolof people....



The  otigins of the words, the fruit,  and the people who originated them are an ocean apart.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 17, 2017 at 5:19am

yeah   I got that. And...?

Comment by nerd cred on February 17, 2017 at 6:21am

Sometimes I crack me up, too, tabg. Sometimes the world does!

Terry, languages have controlling authorities? Of course, I'd expect it for French, but others? Crazy world! 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 17, 2017 at 7:37am

Wonder what the translation of rodeo is in all those languages.  R&L

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 17, 2017 at 10:32am

Maui for a Century produced the finest Hala-kahiki in the world. Really no ka oi. The cost of a good ol' US labor force did it in though, despite all that free stolen water, and now the mainland gets to eat second best- is there another lesson in this little microcosm of the Pacific?

Comment by koshersalaami on February 17, 2017 at 10:57am

Aha! Hala-kahiki is also not ananas. 

Comment by nerd cred on February 17, 2017 at 11:56am

Well that's all interesting, Maui and tabg. South America? Really.

Maui - even if not originating there, the history of pineapple in HI sounds interesting - including what you say about the cost of US labor. Relative to the cost of native Hawaiian labor you seem to mean. That raises the question of very low wages for natives.

Ron - thanks for all the background. I'm not going to be making any fancy bananas, though.

Comment by Stephen Brassawe on February 17, 2017 at 12:04pm

Quite apparently, piña suffers by way of the same comparison.

Comment by Myriad on February 17, 2017 at 12:08pm

We couldn't use any variation of ananas because of bananas.  But "pineapple" makes no sense (also grapefruit) (let alone grapefruit nuts)

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 17, 2017 at 3:27pm

Actually NC the Hawaiians bailed on the Pineapple and Sugar plantations from the outset- we would not be doing that kind of work even though it led to some really big challenges for us as a result of that decision. Instead, a series of immigrant groups, the descendants of whom now make up modern Hawaii, were brought in to do the backbreaking work. As far as the wages we fought and killed and were killed along with our ILWU brothers and sisters with Bridges in San Francisco and elsewhere. As a result we were the highest paid pineapple workers on the planet by far, and so could not compete anymore on price. Philippines, Southeast Asia- check the can to see where it comes from.

Nothing like fresh pineapple though. If you want to know when they're ripe when the leaves come out easily from the crown the time to eat is now. I've had them all over the world, nothing ever quite like an organic Maui Gold though.


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