The idiom, “Comparing apples and oranges” has been implemented for a prolonged amount of time in order to convey a vast difference between two things. When the phrase is used it provokes the thought that the items are incomparable and as a result, ridiculous to compare. As an idiom it’s meaning is immediately apparent, but when carefully examined as a statement rather than a metaphor, there are similarities, along with differences between apples and oranges that can easily be seen as comparable. Through their physical uses, their use in popular stories, and their physical make-up there are many comparisons and contrasts that can be found. As a result of the comparability between the two, the idiom should become inapplicable.
Around the world apples and oranges can be found as two of the most common types of fruit. They are used in meals, drinks, snacks, and desserts. Apples are extremely well used throughout the world because of their ability to grow in most climates that fruit cannot. They are used in drinks as an added flavor or simply as apple juice. Apple pie, sour apple candy, and even plain apples are all vary common as well. Oranges have become a popular soft drink flavor and is often used in other sweets. It is also very often consumed as juice and in its normal appearance but is also one of the most common artificial flavors used in candy.
Apples and oranges are often used in classical stories. One of these tales can be found in the Greek Myth of Heracles and his twelve labors. His eleventh labor required him to obtain the golden apples from the Garden of the Hesperides. It is now thought that the golden apples of the story were actually oranges. This is believed, because of the appearance of oranges, which are both “golden” in color and similar in size and shape of apples. The golden apples are mainly thought to be oranges though, because in Ancient Greece in Ancient Greek, the name melon was used for all foreign fruits, which included...
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