Friday, October 21, 2011

Peas please from Curtis

Dear Word Spy,

You may not want to know this but my favourite vegetable is peas.It has been my favourite ever since Year 1.



Dear Curtis,

I am very glad to know that you like peas. I quite like them myself!

Actually there's something very interesting about the word pea. It comes from a Latin word (the language the ancient Romans used to speak) "pisum" meaning "pea". This turned into an English word, "pease". But because of the "s", people thought it meant more than one pea, so they took the "s" off for one pea, and then added an "s" back again for two peas. But really it should have been two "peases".

THAT WAS COMPLICATED. (Are you sure peas are still your favourite vegetable?)

yours, round and green forever,

The Word Spy

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