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As we enter the New Year many people will have chosen resolutions to achieve. A large proportion of these may be to get fit, go on a diet or eat more healthily after the indulgence of the festive season.

As a common ingredient in any diet, Word Geek decided to look back to the origins of the word ‘lettuce’ this month. It may seem like a tenuous link but lettuce was actually named after milk! Bear with us…

Lettuce came into the English lexicon in the middle ages from the French words letues and laitues, the plurals of laitue. This was adapted from the Latin word lactuca where ‘lac’ means milk which was due to the milky juice the lettuce plant produces when cut!

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