Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Orange is both a noun and an adjective in the English language. In both cases, it refers primarily to the orange fruit and the colour orange, but has many other derivative meanings.

Before the English-speaking world was exposed to the fruit, the colour was referred to as geoluhread in Old English, which translates roughly into Modern English as yellow-red.

Orange derives from Sanskrit nāraṅgaḥ "orange tree", with borrowings through Persian nārang, Arabic nāranj, Spanish naranja, Late Latin arangia, Italian arancia or arancio, and Old French orenge, in chronological order. The first appearance in English dates from the 14th century. The name of the colour is derived from the fruit, first appearing in this sense in the 16th century.

It is widely accepted that no single English word is a true rhyme for orange, though there are half rhymes such as lozenge or flange.[2] The phrase door hinge rhymes with orange in some dialects. Although sporange, a variant of sporangium, is an eye rhyme for orange, it is not a true rhyme as its second syllable is pronounced with an unreduced vowel [-ændʒ], and often with stress.

However, there are proper nouns which are true rhymes, including Blorenge, a hill in Wales, and Gorringe, a surname. US Naval Commander Henry Honychurch Gorringe, the captain of the USS Gettysburg who discovered Gorringe Ridge in 1875.

Orange: Wikipedia


  1. Wow, good interesting but yet vastly useless knowledge to stick back on the shelf, hehehe....

  2. has someone been hitting Flickr this morning? hmmmm?

  3. lolz
    I think your getting flickr and wikipedia mixed up. flickr is the one with all the pictures, wikipedia is full of words.

  4. hehe Flickr

    I keep yelling at him to use Flickr to post pics of his baby girl and he wont. :P