Friday, April 04, 2014

Mind the Oranges, Marlon!

Ever since I learned the Arabic word for "orange" (the fruit and the color) years ago, I have wondered about the relationship between that word (برتقال "bortuqaal") and the country of Portugal. I didn't try using the magic of google to figure out the relationship until today. But it led me to this. Apparently, the word for "orange" in Greek, Bulgarian, Turkish, Persian, at least one regional dialect of Italian, etc. all are similar to "Portugal."

This post has no real point, I just thought it was interesting. (Also I want to save the link to that forum discussion and posting it here is as good a way to do that as any).