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".-----Wikipedia 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.
yeah I got that. And...?
English, unlike many other languages forms new words easily and has not formal authority to accept or reject new words so we English speakers could invent the visually appealing pineapple while all the rest relied on what scientists devised in their taxonomy.
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!
Certainly the French do. I believe the Dutch and Spanish do as well. And for the others, the Finns were not explorers in that era, so the fruit may have entered the language only via science. During college, I had to proofread my brothers linguistics papers - he was studying for an MS in linguistics so I spent 2 years reading his papers.
just out of curiosity, I searched on Wikipedia. here is their article. Looks like many languages have a controlling authority. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_language_regulators
Wonder what the translation of rodeo is in all those languages. R&L
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?
Aha! Hala-kahiki is also not ananas.
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.
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