Would it make sense to compare oranges with apples? Well… according to the Dutch, these two fruits have a lot in common. The Dutch word for apple is appel and then orange is sinaasappel. So, if you look at the words, then you see that they both have an appel, right?
For the Dutch, sinaasappel is a logical combination between een appel and the latin name citrus cinensis. Remix these two words and you get sinaasappel. And there are many more things that een appel and een sinaasappel have in common. They both grow on a tree, you can pick them, you can make juice with them and they have loads and loads of vitamins. And they are both fruit, right?
And then look at the English word orange. Isn’t that strange? Why would you simply call it after the color? Why not say yellow for a banana then? This is one thing that Dutch people don’t understand. And… here is another thing.
According to the Dutch there is only one type of fruit that has nothing to do with een appel and therefore you should never compare it with this type of fruit. The reason is obvious. These fruits are completely different! Sure, you can compare apples with oranges or kiwis, melons, cherries anything that you like… but… do not compare it with peren! (pears), this would never make sense….