Thursday, June 12, 2014

Apples and Oranges: a comparison

Both are roughly spherical, though apples have a deeper dimple at their north pole.
Both are tasty.
Neither is mentioned by name  in the Genesis account  as being the fruit of the Fall.

So you see, contrary to what you might read, it is indeed possible to compare apples with oranges.

U B the judge

Philological footnote:   Historically, the color is named for the fruit, not the fruit for the color.

Antiquarian epigraph:  A frugivorous variation on the usual expression:

We cannot set a pear and a peach  in the same category.
-- Ward & Waller, eds. The Cambridge History of English Literature, vol. III: Renascence and Reformation (1908), p.

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Since this post has excited so much commentary on the Web (ever since the Pontiff tweeted about it), we here offer, in the spirit of Wikipedia, a translation of the piece into Lëtzebuergesch (Google Translate being as yet a bit weak as regards the syntactic subtleties of that craggy language).   [Note:  Americans need to familiarize themselves with that dialect, preparatory to our occupation of the insolent mountain nation of Liechtenstein.  Details here.  -- Or is it Luxembourg?  I can never keep those straight.  Bush and the Vulcans ran into a similar mix-up back in 2003, as regards “Iraq” and “Iran”, with comical consequences.]

Hanz:  Vas ‘ne shoene epfel-da!  Zo shoen vee de naranja-da!
Kunz:  O doo dummkopp!  Doo canna necht kumpareeren de epfel mit de naranja, doo dummkopp doo!
Hanz (smiling slyly):  Och doch, dat hab ech eben ja dat doch jemacht, doo drei-beiniger ayzel!
(Refuted, Kunz retires in confusion.)

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