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comment Why is the word “pepper” used for both capsicum (e.g. bell pepper) and piper (e.g. black pepper)?
what do you mean "common culinary uses"?
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revised Why is the word “pepper” used for both capsicum (e.g. bell pepper) and piper (e.g. black pepper)?
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comment What did the English call alcohol before they had the word alcohol?
good point.. They didn't know about organic chemistry, which means that they wouldn't know that ether had a "general structure ROR'", related to alcohol. It's more reason to disassociate alcohol and ether.