So I was looking up the word meaning for certain animals and....and yeah the origin of Tortoise/Turtle is quite literally ridiculously insane 😂
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Unfortunately the etymology of these words only makes matters more confusing.
Before the 14th century in Old English, “turtle” was a word for what we now call a turtledove. The word “turtle” was meant to sound like a turtledove’s cooing.
Only in the 1600s did the word turtle become a word for the reptiles, when the French tortue was misunderstood as sounding like the English “turtle.”
Before that, the English word for the reptiles was “tortoise,” and aquatic turtles were known as “marine tortoises.”
So “turtle” is an older English word than “tortoise,” but “tortoise” is an older word for a turtle than “turtle.”
The word “tortoise” comes from the Middle English word tortuse. The spelling of it was influenced by the ending of “porpoise,” which literally means “pig-fish.”
The Middle English tortuse either comes from the Latin word “tortus,” meaning “twisted” after the shape of their feet, or it could be from the Greek Tartaros, which is the name of the sunless abyss below Hades. The Tartaros theory is supported by the fact that turtle species were thought to basically look like little monsters.
In fact the French word tortue, was also often associated with diabolical beasts
So yeah! Language is stupid!!
SPO ANIMAL AUUUU Hoy Turtle, and Dragon Crocodile !!!
Also Adarna Philippine Eagle shshs
A monstrous turtle emerges from the muck.
Look closely - a typically-sized Midwestern turtle sits next to its foot.
It must be close to its size-limit, with a possible 30-inch diameter shell and weighing well in excess of 100 pounds. It’s possible that this beast is 40+ years old.
MIRIEL, STEWARD OF THE CHURCH OF VOWS
Piebald green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) [x]
Humom had to go away for a week so I got to spend it at my vacation home (aka grandmas house!) it’s not so bad really.. look at all this clover I have to eat before she gets back! Hard work but someone’s got to do it!