Monday, January 21, 2013

Word of the Day -- Pippin

I also think this is where Pippi Longstocking must get her name...

Pippin -- a crisp tart apple having usually yellow or greenish-yellow skin strongly flushed with red and used especially for cooking, OR a highly admired or very admirable person or thing.

Since the late Middle Ages, English speakers have experimented with the use of the word "pippin," which germinated from the Anglo-French word "pepin," meaning "seed" or "pip of a fruit." "Pippin" has been used to refer to a part of a pea embryo, a grain of gold, and a grape, but those uses were not hardy enough to become firmly rooted in the English language. The word did take root, however, in the soil of the northern regions of England, where it is used to describe a small fruit seed. In addition, it has widespread use as the name of a crisp, tart apple and of a person who is unique, usually in a pleasant way.

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