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Subject: Re: Fruity names
Author: Lumia   (Authenticated as Lumia)
Date: April 5, 2010 at 5:21:05 AM
Reply to: Re: Fruity names by LH
I copied "Bear's Breeches" from the Wikipedia as the English name for the plant scientifically known as Acanthus mollis:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acanthus_mollis

Obviously, I don't know the story or the etymology behind the English expression. Perhaps an English philologist or an English speaker can help with that.

Acant is a name used in Catalonia. It is unusual, as most of the nature names, but it is not unheard. For instance, there is an actor named Acant, Acant Canet (and I met another one in person).

Before the new Spanish naming law (and in some small towns, even after it), many people had a hard time trying to register nature words as a names, so they usually registered a non-related name for the child, who went always and exclusively by another name (a nature word); that is the case, for instance, of a girl named Nit ("night"), registered as Maria. This situation disguises the real use of nature names.

Lumia
http://onomastica.mailcatala.com

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