There’s an answer… darn.

The other day I was pondering kiwis.  Specifically, I was thinking about the two things that are called kiwi, and which one was named first.

They both look the same: a round, brown, fuzzy, flightless bird and a round, brown, fuzzy, flightless fruit.  It makes sense that one was named for the other.  I thought it would make a really interesting blog post, pondering it as a brown, fuzzy, chicken-and-egg question.

It’s a good thing that I decided to check it out before I posed this as a blog question, because it turns out that this isn’t like the chicken and the egg.  This one has a clear answer.  The bird was named first, and when the fruit was imported to New Zealand someone decided that it needed a new name and recognized the similarity to the bird.

While it’s an interesting story, I was honestly disappointed that there was an answer.  It was a great reminder, though, that a few minutes of research is always a good idea.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. deshipley
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 20:23:22

    A great reminder indeed. I once planned a period character who happened to have turned her skin green, and I wondered whether any of her fellow characters would think to make quips about the Wicked Witch of the West. A quick online search showed me that my story’s setting took place safely after “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was published…but Baum’s book never stated that the Wicked Witch had green skin; that image was conceived and popularized by the iconic film, decades later. Huzzah for saved editing/embarrassment!


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