victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 3 21:09:36 UTC 2011

Fear of tomatoes? [It honestly never occurred to me until now that
"pomodoro"--which was also adopted into Russian as [pomidor]--is "pomo

Or fear of fruit? [Note: pomology, pomonic, pomonal--and, of course,


On Tue, May 3, 2011 at 4:47 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>wrote:

> See, an apple in Latin is "pomum."  It's kind of a play on words.
> But the ancients didn't have potatoes, so I don't see how they could have
> been afraid of them.
> Except perhaps in dreams....
> JL

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