Word of the week – Pumpkin



In the theme of this Halloween weekend, my word of the week is Pumpkin.

 

‘Pumpkin’ originated from the Greek word for large melon which is ‘pepon’.

Apparently it was then ‘nasalised’ (also interesting word) by the French into ‘pompon’, referred to by Shakespeare as a ‘pumpion’, and finally americanised by the colonists to ‘pumpkin’.

Three facts about Pumpkins you may not know:

  • Antarctica is the only continent pumpkins can’t grow in
  • In the US, more than 50 million pumpkin pies are baked and eaten each year
  • An annual ‘Punkin Chuckin’ competition is held each year in Illinois, USA

What do pumpkins mean to me?

  • a ‘once a year’ thing
  • heavy to carry home from the supermarket
  • have still to try ‘pumpkin pie’

What do they mean to you?