It gets hard to keep
These names were accurate at the time I wrote this comic, but they’ve probably changed by now.
Next, let’s look at some actual vegetables. Lettuce showed
up in the late thirteenth century as letuse,
but its origins from there are a bit murky, though it’s pretty certain that
it’s related to the Old French
laitues and classical Latin lactuca, which means lettuce.
Then you start looking at that lactuca and things get freaky. See, it’s from lac,
which means… milk.
Yeah. It’s from the Proto Indo European galag-, milk.
Apparently, the juice of lettuce is kind of milky, so they named the plant
Let’s see what surprises pepper has in store. It’s date of
origin is unknown, though the vegetable didn’t start being referred to as such
until the sixteenth century. Before
that, it only referred to the spice, which comes from the Middle
English peper and Old English pipor, which just means pepper. That’s from the classical Latin piper,
again, just pepper,
and they took that from the Greek piperi.
Piperi is very likely from the Middle Indic pippari and Sanskrit pippali, because pepper was a very important trade item a thousand years