The fly that steals butter

A dear friend of mine, who loves German same as I do, read my last post on the butterfly. She dug around finding the German word ‘Schmetterling’ as very hard. She came across the etymology of the word and found out that the word ‘schmetten’ derives from a Czech word that is used to designate a type of cream. This linguistic road meets the English one, if we think of a ‘butterfly’. In old folk stories butterflies turned into witches and stole cream, milk and dairy products!  It’s really funny that in this case the development of the word almost turned into a cruel joke. Everyone forgot about the fairy tales and nowadays we may only think of the other similar term, schmettern, that can be associated with the battering of a butterfly 🙂

 

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