September 3, 2015 Blog, Italian

Fennel is gay in Italian?

Last night wefennel were talking about gardens and next year I said I’m going to grow fennel!  I love its liquorice flavor.

Our word fennel comes from Old English by way of the Latin word ‘feniculum’  BUT did you know that the word for Fennel in Greek is ‘Marathon’  !!   So when you run those 26 miles think of Fennel!

But the strangest reference to fennel for me is in Italian as the word is a slang word for being gay –   E finocchio or ‘he’s gay’ or ‘he’s fennel’   How can a plant be gay???? LOL   I love languages!!!  Happy Thorsday everyone!


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