I love how potato in French is pomme de terre, which pretty much means “earth apple.”

like what stupid frenchman saw this:


and said “zis petite légume looks like a, how you say, APPLE! hmmm… but it grows in ze earth… HON HON HON! MAIS OUI! C’EST UNE…

It was actually chosen very carefully. In most languages the word for potato actually means “earth-apple” or some variation thereof. This was because when explorers brought them back from abroad to feed their own societies, people were skeptical and frightened of this new addition to their regular food sources. Thus, to make it seem more normal, they called them “apples of the earth”, giving an association to a pre-existing fruit to ease the masses.

(At least, that’s what my history teacher in the 5th grade told me.)