Word of the week – Pumpkin



In the theme of this Halloween weekend, my word of the week is Pumpkin.

 

‘Pumpkin’ originated from the Greek word for large melon which is ‘pepon’.

Apparently it was then ‘nasalised’ (also interesting word) by the French into ‘pompon’, referred to by Shakespeare as a ‘pumpion’, and finally americanised by the colonists to ‘pumpkin’.

Three facts about Pumpkins you may not know:

  • Antarctica is the only continent pumpkins can’t grow in
  • In the US, more than 50 million pumpkin pies are baked and eaten each year
  • An annual ‘Punkin Chuckin’ competition is held each year in Illinois, USA

What do pumpkins mean to me?

  • a ‘once a year’ thing
  • heavy to carry home from the supermarket
  • have still to try ‘pumpkin pie’

What do they mean to you?



So this is not scientific at all. But in a couple of hours there have been more than 2000 replies and overwhelmingly they say @RoryStewartUK won the #C4Debate https://t.co/BBXQeKSp5w

What a cosy night in Dolly the Caddy Camper @bridgevilla campsite on the riverside @wallingford...friendly visitors and glorious riverside trees 🌲 πŸ¦†#treehugging #trees #vanlife #campervan #vwcamper

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.@RoryStewartUK again absolutely kills the others by actually sounding as though he is fallible. Whether it is sincere or a performance it is working. @sajidjavid also sounds human by talking about getting things wrong as a dad #c4debate

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