On the etymology of butterfly

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On the etymology of butterfly
« on: 20/04/2007 08:58:11 »
Middle English buterflie, Old English buttorfleoge (written citation 1000 C.E.)

The Oxford English Dictionary notes some old Dutch words "botervlieg" and "boterschijte", and conjectures that butterflies' excrement may have been thought to resemble butter, hence giving the name "butter-sh1t", then "butter-fly".


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« Reply #1 on: 20/04/2007 09:01:06 »
LOL LOL.. Good topic!!! Very interesting..LOL

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« Reply #2 on: 20/04/2007 13:37:11 »
And very weird!
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« Reply #3 on: 20/04/2007 16:16:18 »
Word origins can be funny!

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« Reply #4 on: 20/04/2007 16:18:25 »
What's the word orgin offfffff hmmmmmmm.. i dno, mouse?
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