Butterfly - how did the name originate

Robert L. Chehey cheheyr at micron.net
Mon Apr 20 01:59:09 EDT 1998

Neil Jones wrote:
.......A LOT OF STUFF....
with which I mostly agree.  All of the roots after the Dutch word botershijte, which,
according to this quote from OEM, is the origin of butterfly, are completely
different.  They are all mild variations of the Germanic root word for fly, flying,
etc. I seriously doubt that our cow-horn-helmeted and blue-painted ancestors paid
much attention to insect droppings.  It seems intuitively more likely that they would
comment on a fly the color of butter. I say apply Occam's Razor to this one.

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