I have a comondrum (that’s obviously what a conundrum on Monday is called).
Sometimes I sit around and wonder about things that pose challenges or obstacles and so it makes a lot of sense to think about them; this process is commonly referred to as problem solving. It’s a productive activity. Other times, I sit around and wonder about things that make absolutely no sense but don’t really pose any harm or threat to me or anyone else. This activity is not productive but is usually way more fun – probably because there’s zero stress involved. This brings me to my comondrum:
Why do dried grapes have an actual name and other dried fruits don’t?
Before I go on, I have to admit I’ve been wondering about this for a couple months now – which never really seemed that ridiculous until I just typed it out. I’ve been trying NOT to Google it, okay? I’ve asked multiple people about their theories on the topic and the best answers I’ve gotten are more or less arguments that there are other dried fruits with actual names – aka prunes (dried plums which 2% of the population eat) and craisins (which absolutely do not count because I’m pretty sure “craisin” is trademarked by Ocean Spray, therefore not a real thing). Needless to say, no one has had a great answer – let alone the answer.
I thought about it and thought about it and I just couldn’t come up with a good theory, so today I broke down and used my trusty friend, Google. Let’s talk about a disappointment. First of all, let me say I took five years of French and somehow in those five years I either never learned or I didn’t absorb enough to remember (ding ding ding) that “raisin” is actually the french word for grape. But had I remembered I probably wouldn’t have “researched” this comondrum and therefore would not have learned that grapes, dates and figs are the only fruits that naturally dry out into an edible form, hence making raisins a natural historic items hence causing them to have names! I think. Well, that’s actually just what I’m going with because I have no idea. And prunes, all I found out was that “prune” is also the french name for plum. AGAIN, FIVE YEARS OF FRENCH.
I Googled it and I still have no idea. It’s 2016, I didn’t even know that happened?!
Why do dried grapes have an actual name and other dried fruits don’t?!!?
That’s 30 seconds of your life you won’t get back, so you’re welcome.