Larry Sulky wrote:

> I had always heard that this word was originally "flutter-by", but
> through some humourous linguistic process got tied up with the concept
> of "fly" (the insect) and so became "butter-fly", then just
> "butterfly". Is this just a cute etymological myth?

I don't know but my memory --which is what it's worth-- tells me that 
the word butterfly arose from the fact that English speaking people in 
Middle-Age thought that these flying bugs were attracted by butter 
because of the yellowish color of the very common butterflies.

And don't ask me where I found this piece of info, I haven't the 
slightest idea. English ethymology is definitevely not the kind of 
things you discover at every corner of the streets in France. :-)

Remi Villatel
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