Lexicon Valley: The etymology and history of the word orange with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

Which Came First: Orange the Color or Orange the Fruit?

Which Came First: Orange the Color or Orange the Fruit?

A show about the mysteries of English.
Sept. 23 2014 11:41 AM

Which Came First: Orange the Color or Orange the Fruit?

Listen to Slate’s show about the etymology of a well-traveled word, featuring lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

Photo by miki1991/Thinkstock
There must be a word to describe these oranges ...

Photo by miki1991/Thinkstock

Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 43: LinguaFile III

Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the peripatetic history of the word orange with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on orange, visit Zimmer’s Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com.

You’ll find every Lexicon Valley episode at slate.com/lexiconvalley, or in the player below:

Send your thoughts about the show to lexiconvalley@slate.com.