Originally the word was “pease,” and it was singular.The sound on the end was reanalyzed as a plural ‘s’ marker.
The same thing happened to “cherise” or “cheris,” which came from Old French “cherise” and was reanalyzed as a plural. So the singular “cherry” was born.
Originally “napron” often enough as “an apron” that by the 1600s the “n” was dropped.
Umpire lost its ‘n’ from the same sort of confusion. Orinally nompere, the n-less form won out.
A newt was originally an “ewt” - with “an” thus it became the “newt.”
The ‘n’ also traveled over from the “an” to stick to “nickname,” which was originally “ekename,” meaning “added name.”
Alligator came to English from the Spanish explorers who first encountered “el lagarto” (lizard) in the New World.
Sansa Stark meme || (2/9) Quotes
↳ “Dawn, she thought. Another day. Another new day. It was the old days she hungered for. Prayed for. But who could she pray to? The garden had been meant for a godswood once, she knew, but the soil was too thin and stony for a weirwood to take root. A godswood without gods, as empty as me.”
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this is my favorite post on this whole website
Fun fact: (genetic) men see fewer shades of red than (genetic) women do because the gene that allows for the color perception of red exists only on the X chromosome, so women have twice the red-perception powers. The theory is, because women were typically gatherers, they needed to be able to tell the difference between poisonous berries and non-poisonous ones based on their color. (source)
So, to a man, something may appear to be simply red. But to a woman, it can be ruby, brick, rust, maroon, crimson… or blood orange.
I’m a woman an this is fuckin red.