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What edible plant is sometimes called sparrow-grass?




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Answer: asparagus

This is an example of what linguists call folk-etymology, modifying a word to make its parts meaningful — e.g., the plantar wart (a name which derives from the Latin planta, sole of foot) came to be called the planter's wart.

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