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However, even native English speakers don’t know some of the more interesting facts about the English language.

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Like, for instance, did you know words like Orchid, Porcelain, Vanilla, Avocado and other such common words actually refer to male and female genitalia (private parts)?

Here is an excerpt from a very revealing article on the subject:

1. Orchid
Oops, you just said: Testicles
Take a look at certain orchids’ roots, and you’ll probably notice that they look like testicles. If not, you’ve set yourself apart from multiple generations of language-makers that simply couldn’t help but name the whole plant family after this snicker-worthy observation. Our contemporary word for the flower, introduced in 1845, comes from the Greek orchis, which literally translates as “testicle.” Speakers of Middle English in the 1300s came up with a phonologically different word—inspired by the same exact dirty thought. They called the flower ballockwort from ballocks, or testicles, which itself evolved from beallucas, the Old English word for balls.

Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/139380#ixzz2DuFcXoqM
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What a fascinating language English is!

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