Tag: etymology

NO BS: The Plural of Beef is ‘Beeves’

March 20, 2014 // 4:25 pm

So you know how some animal names like “deer,” “sheep,” and “moose” are the same in the singular as they are in the plural? Well, it turns out “beef” isn’t one of them. Nope, the plural of “beef” is “beeves.” Yeah, with a “v.” 

It sounds like complete…

It’s Official: Orange the Color Was Named After Orange the Fruit

January 15, 2014 // 2:07 pm

Here’s today’s just under-useful fun fact, courtesy of those indefatigable trivia-seeking peons over at Reddit. We may never know the order of gallus-ovum or ovum-gallus, but at least we can say with certainty that orange the color was in fact named after orange the fruit.

Before oranges (pomme

Today I Learned: Pineapples Were Actually Named After Pine Cones

July 23, 2013 // 6:00 am

Go ahead and file this under “useless information that will probably come in handy for waiting in line at the DMV.” Sure, it isn’t likely your queue-mates will have any deep-seeded fascinations with etymology or horticulture, but say it with enough enthusiasm and they should at least feel sorry…

Today I Learned: Sushi Actually Means ‘Sour Rice,’ Not ‘Raw Fish’

May 24, 2013 // 1:27 pm

I’ve learned and/or remembered a great many things just by poking through LA Mag’s recent sushi feature this week, such as the proper angle for tilting fish to dip into soy sauce (90 degrees), or the exact number of grains required for the perfect piece of nigiri…

Chew On This: 10 Food Idioms Explained

November 27, 2012 // 5:34 pm

Even if you don’t wax poetic on food blogs or write prolifically on Yelp, chances are that you probably talk about food more you think.

Realize it or not, food-related figures of speech have always been a part of our daily conversations — just like that extra serving of…