In John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost about the fall of man, the apple gets explicitly named. Photo: Getty Images
In John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost about the fall of man, the apple gets explicitly named. Photo: Getty Images
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Where the word ‘apple’ came from and why the forbidden fruit was unlucky to be linked with the fall of man

  • While the origin of ‘apple’ is straightforward, what is interesting is that the Old English word referred not only to apples but to any kind of fruit
  • Apples are rich with symbolism; the first element of the word in Mandarin and Cantonese is homophonous with that for ‘peace’