Sásh Decadent (alpas) wrote in linguaphiles,
Sásh Decadent
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herringbone

I've been reading 'The Blind Watchmaker' by Richard Dawkins lately and encountered word herringbone in there. In Russian we've got alike word based on the 'spruce' root, so for skiing climbing technique for example we've got a nice convenient association row: skis - snow - hills - spruces, you've got the picture :)

So I wonder, considering the same pattern in English isn't tied to spruce but to herring instead - is it affected in english-speaking mind somehow? Is tweed or skis got slight scent of the sea or even fish in it? Or bones?

Sorry if all this sound stupid to you ;)
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