19 Mai 2008

Tangerine Thoughts

As I was polishing off some tangerine juice just a moment ago, the similarity of the word "Tangerine" to "Tangier" struck me, and Wikipedia confirmed it: tangerines are so named because they were introduced to Europe through the Moroccan port of Tangier. In German they're known as "Mandarine," presumably alluding to their Chinese origin. Like Nietzsche, why am I so clever.