Why is a carrot more orange than an orange???

@James72 (26829)
Australia
November 17, 2008 1:51am CST
That's just ridiculous really. They should have called the colour "carrot" to save the confusion really. Same goes for the word "abbreviation". Given what the word actually means, why is it so long then?? And just to add to the further confusion, the word "monosyllable" is made up of 5 syllables?? WTF is up with that?? Thank you for listening as I now feel much better for having gotten this off my chest. Can you think of any more messed up reasonings within the joyous structures of the English language?
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
17 Nov 08
Hahahaha... the other day I was thinking why water is blue when it isn't actually, leaving aside some oceans and HTF it would matter if blue was called orange and vice versa. And see, how I am 'book smart' and yet cannot come out of the closet with some valid references! Now that's isn't smart but WTF! That's me! You take it or leave it! You know what feeling much better after a tumult within since last night .
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
17 Nov 08
Hahahaha. And you know what else? There is NO word that rhymes with "orange" in the English language! WTF is up with THAT?? What I also want to know, is if the word "dictionary" is in the dictionary. Also, do you know if there is another word for Thesaurus? I may have to look both of these up later I think because the suspense is killing me. Thanks for responding mimpi and if I end up working out the blue water condundrum as well then I will come back and share the answer.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
17 Nov 08
LOL... see it's working... I thought PEAR rhymed with ORANGE! And the synonym of WATER was LIFE and DICTIONARY is one hell of a word that's very rude and curt!! And that DIATRIBE sounds more like some ethnic tribal offshoots than a rant! Do not know what I am talking but WTF!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
17 Nov 08
I have no idea what you are talking about yet either mimpi but at least it fits into the general theme of this discussion so all is most definitely fine on that front! Hey, if a cow laughed would milk come out of it's nose?
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
17 Nov 08
Why is the carrot more orange than the orange. But then there are red carrots. Now i'm getting messed up. What has the colours got got to do with the moods feeling green,blue... And then these are some that i had come across earlier. The egg not being there in the egg plant,french fries are they really from france ? Why do you ship something by truck ? Recite at a play and play at a recital What is it with all this James and why are you messing my brains up ?
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
17 Nov 08
Jeez alok, I thought I was confused before! Good point actually, shipping by truck is just ludicrous really. Eggplant may have some logic given the shape and all; but reciting at plays and playing at recitals is just madness! I am amazed my head hasn't exploded yet. And why do they call them apartments when they are all built so close together??? And why do the the call them buildings when they have already been finished??? They should call them "builts" instead I reckon! Man, I need a valium and a lie down now I think..... Thanks for the response and for the further confusion too!
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
17 Nov 08
Further confusion .. I feel like banging my head on a wall now. The dent from the last time is yet to go and here you are pounding me with some more of that madness.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
17 Nov 08
But there's more alok..... Maybe if we can load you up to the hilt, then the dent will just pop straight back out? Why is it that when a door is open it's "ajar"; but when a jar is open it's not "adoor"??
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• India
17 Nov 08
First of all how are you my friend and carrot is long because it grows in under the soil and orange in sound its having round genetic.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
18 Nov 08
I am always fighting fit and full of frivolity thanks Ajay! How can a carrot have a "round genetic"? Its actually a long shape that is more like a lengthy pointed rectangle yes? Thanks for the response.
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@livewyre (2455)
17 Nov 08
I guess the orange has a natural advantage of being in the open... [first men with power of speech enter from stage left] Well Nigel I was just saying to Doris... ooooohh wait a minute what's that?? That round thing in the tree? Yes, is it an apple like the one we discovered last week? No Norman it's the wrong colour What colour is that then? (note that original man uses UK, not US spelling of the word color..) It's orange isn't it? Hmmm OK orange it is... The fruit? no the colour, well OK, let's call the colour and the fruit orange just to be on the safe side.... [two weeks later and Nigel & Norman have named everything they have seen on trees and bushes and have started to look under the soil] Look Norm, another orange, but this one's under the ground.. Can you squash it and make sunny delight?? No Then it's not an orange, even though it is clearly more orange than an orange.. Oh crap! What a blunder... Can we call it a salmon pink? No you idiot, it is neither a salmon or pink! Cerise? No Have you tried eating it? Are you kidding, I just dug it up - it could kill me.. Let's go and ask Doris.... and that is how the carrot got named, eventually Doris went a bit loony and mistakenly called the same thing both flammable and inflammable and everyone has been confused ever since....
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
18 Nov 08
And here comes livewyre to save the day! Doris will know for sure and I am amazed that no-one even thought about asking her in the first place. It certainly would have saved some confusion if someone had of taken the initiative before you! lol. I think that Nigel and Norman were on the right track, sure; but they could have been a little more forward thinking I feel. If they realized how things had progressed these days and that there are now 50,000 different types of orange, red, blue, green and pretty much every other colour; I reckon they would turn over in their graves! They took something and made it pure and simple, then of course we all came in and ruined it. Damn. You would think that we would know better by now. Thanks for responding and although Doris ended up insane, I am happy that she was prepared to sacrifice herself and pave the way for world confusion like this. Champion effort Doris and may you rest in peace.
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@livewyre (2455)
18 Nov 08
As you can tell, the story is as allegory of how things start out simple and then really screw your noodle. It's a conspiracy... Norman and Nigel were trying to save a bit of brain-space by combining names with colours. To be honest they were being a bit lazy, and that 'Oh crap!' moment was really a covert admission of not having done a really good job on the fruit and veg naming front. They were also responsible for naming the Zebra: What name haven't we used yet Norm? 'Fligg' Besides Fligg, what other names are there I haven't done anything beginning with Z yet... OK that bit of grass over there I'm gonna call it 'Zebra' Oooohh 'Z E B R A' I like that, has a nice ring to it.. Oh Crap! What? It just moved What? The Zebra..It's alive and it was hiding in the grass... Holy Mackerel, you just named an animal! What's a mackerel? Dunno, let's go and ask Doris...
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@livewyre (2455)
19 Nov 08
You could have called it Norman's Wisdom... (UK Mylotters only...) I think Doris was the prime conspirator, making the less mighty ones dependent on her wisdom. Before she lost the plot she went on to open a Grocers shop in Lancaster and had a daughter Margaret who carried on the family tradition (domination, not grocery).
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
17 Nov 08
I think because the orange stays in the tree and the wind blows it's color little by little and the carrot is well protected in the ground thus keeping it's orange color intact.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
17 Nov 08
Ah yes, of COURSE elitess! It is the carrot's ability to grow and prosper in stealth mode that allows it to be the king of the orange coloured foods! Hang on, but when the wind blows all the orange colour off the orange, then where does it go? Thanks for the response and for adding yet another angle to the mystery! lol.
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• United States
18 Nov 08
When the wind blows the color off an orange, the color becomes a sunrise or a sunset, depending on which way the wind is blowing. Sheesh, how hard was that one to figure out?
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
18 Nov 08
Ohhhhhh. NOW it makes sense then Bo. Isn't it great that we have you here to always set the record straight like this! I have never been able to get close enough to a sunrise or a sunset to actually smell one, but I'm sure that they have an orange aroma and this will only prove your case further for sure.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Please, please, please... don't change color names or add new ones anymore. Do you have any idea how many colors there are in the world now? Maybe I should contact Crayola about this but for the love of what is holy, I don't know how magenta is different from maroon from fuchsia. And fuchsia is spelled weirdly, don't you think? It's like a cuss word or something. And why do they say that freedom isn't free? Speaking of carrots, I used to have a classmate in college in the Philippines. She decided to lose weight and all I see her eat are carrots. She did lose a lot of weight but she was starting to look orange. Really!
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
17 Nov 08
All I know is that my phone has some 256,000 colours or soemthing and that in itself is freaking me out! lol. Remember the days when you could just walk into a store and ask for a purple t-shirt? Now you can choose between aubergine, lilac, lavendar, mauve and about 600 other friggin' types of purple! I have heard stories about people going orange from too many carrots! Hahaha. Sort of like a self inflicted jaundice or something?? Do orangutans eat carrots? Thanks for the response SaintAnne.
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@riyasam (16571)
• India
17 Nov 08
lol.this is heights in panda spanking.i think orange is more orange than carrot.for that matter,i never had an orange or carrot which comes from egypt.lol
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
17 Nov 08
They have both of them here alright riyasam. I have seen them both with my own two eyes.... Yep! I think that a carrot is indeed more orange than an orange, so you may just have to look around for a new fruit and vegetable store I reckon. lol. What if an orange is not ripe yet and still green?? Is it accurate to still refer to it as an orange? Thanks for the response.
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@rkrish (3003)
• India
17 Nov 08
Hi James ... I have seen some carrots which are RED so are you ready to speak up for carrot as RED...
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
17 Nov 08
There are red oranges too riyasam! (Blood oranges). Hmmm. It seems like people are really trying to mess with our minds then!
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@mtata23 (354)
• India
18 Nov 08
James72, you have chosen wonderful topic for discussion. English is a funny language. It is really confusing that why some simple words end with same letters, sound similar but in actual are pronounced differently. For example put and cut are pronounced differently. Go and to are pronounced differently. To, too and two all are pronounced similar but their spelling is different. This sentence reminds me of a famous hindi movie "Chupke Chupke" where actor Dharmendra mentions about these different pronounciations.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
18 Nov 08
It certainly IS a funny language mtata; and I am not surprised at all when people thaty are trying to learn it end up confused with some of the nuances of the language! We have same sounding words with different spelling, similary spelt words that are spoken differently...... The list goes on! By the way, I struggled with Hindi myself because the way words were written did not outline the way they were supposed to be said! Maybe it is all part of God's plan to make it hard for us all to argue with each other! Thanks for the response.
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• United States
17 Nov 08
Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways? (Not my own thoughts). Actually mine are much more profound. So profound , in fact, that I dare not post them here for fear of your head exploding, trying to figure them out.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
17 Nov 08
This is why I'm reeling Bo as I had no idea we could do this either? And you KNOW that everything we read on the internet is 100% true so I guess I have to find out now. Jeez, yet another task to add to the list.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
23 Jun 09
Why is a Pink Grapefruit called pink grapefruit in when it isn't pink? Goes also for the red ones..Why is it called grapefruit when the fruit that is a grape is totally different except for the roundness of them..
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Jun 09
Oh, but I've seen grapefruits that had pinkish flesh and skin at least! You certainly have a point when it comes to the name though! How big were the grapes where these originally came from then??? lol. Thanks for the response Becca and go and find yourself a pink grapefruit so you can set your mind at ease.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
25 Jun 09
Yeah, I love grapefruits..Pink and Red ones are my favorites, The others can be a mite to sour for me. I wonder how Cantaloupe got it's name..?
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
26 Jun 09
I have no idea actually? I've often wondered how many fruits and vegetables got their names..... In my country, we call canteloupe "rockmelon".