Broccoli and etymology – a delicious dish

This is what a broccoli floret looks like when it’s magnified who knows how many times.IMG_6385[1]

I like taking big photos of small objects. It’s usually called “macro” photography. The prefix “macro” comes from the Greek word “makros,” meaning “long or large.” I’ve always thought it was silly that “macro” ends up meaning the same thing as “micro” in this context. Micro, of course, comes from the Latinized form of the Greek word “mikros,” meaning “small, little, petty, trivial or slight.”

Interestingly, the word “meager” is a cognate of “macro,” from the Old Norse word “magr,” which evolved into the Old English word “mæger,” meaning “lean or thin.”

And yes, I did have to look all of that up.


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