The Etymology of Oranges: Which Came First, the Word or the Fruit?

The Etymology of Oranges: Which Came First, the Word or the Fruit?

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Orange is the new… word. Seriously, it’s only been around since the Renaissance. Before that, English speakers were making do with the term ‘yellow-red,’ or even referring to orange things as simply ‘red.’ The word orange was only invented following the fruit’s arrival in Europe.    In their article on the subject, Atlas Obscura notes that “the roots of the word “orange” come from the Sanskrit term for the orange tree: nāraṅga. Traders traveled with the nāraṅga across the Middle East, and it became the Arabic naaranj. When Islamic rule spread to southern Italy and Spain in the Middle Ages, the orange tree made it to Europe.” …

This Scholar Is out to Recognize the Literary Achievement of Renaissance Nuns and We Are Here for It!

This Scholar Is out to Recognize the Literary Achievement of Renaissance Nuns and We Are Here for It!

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For centuries, credit for writing manuscripts, hymns, and other written relics from the Renaissance period has gone primarily to the monks. Their texts have survived all of these hundreds of years, and we continue to appreciate and value their impact on our human history and development. But what of the women who had also promised themselves to their God and the work they might have done to further the import of written word to the masses? Melissa Moreton has devoted her post-doctoral Fellowship to discovering the mysteries behind these unnamed nuns!   Melissa Moreton | Image Via Graduate College University of …