Exploring the strange and wonderful English language, one word at a time.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Turnip \TUR-nip\ , noun;
This word dates to the 1530's as turnepe from turn + nepe. Here, turn comes from the shape - it's as if it was formed on a lathe. Nepe is the Middle English word for turnip from Old English næp, which derives from Latin napus ("turnip").