August Randutiae (Some Rather Cranky)
My sister codename: Apocalyptica the Flimflammer recently instructed me to think about the derivation of the word "cantaloupe." I did and came up with "singing wolf," which delighted me, but I'm finding it hard to research the further derivation of the name. (I mean, in the 8 minutes I've devoted to it just now. ^_^) According to my OED, Cantaluppi was the Italian town where cantaloupes were once famously grown, but why was the town called Cantaluppi? "Lupo" is the Italian for wolf, but according to Google Translate, "luppo" is the Italian for "development," so are cantaloupes named for singing wolves or singing developments? Both seem as if they could be rather delightful. And the arrival of singing wolves would, in most places, be something of a development. Anyway, I like thinking about it.
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Returning to cataloupes, I love the Tanglefoot song "Loup Garou" (French for "werewolf"). "Running through the shadows of the forest in the full moon / In the middle of the night / With his eyes full of fire and his teeth so blood-bright..." You can hear a sample if you click on the link, scroll down to "The Music in the Wood," and click on the little music button next to "Loup Garou." I dare you not to howl.