The more I think about it, the more it sounds like the apple-pear distinction may refer to the difference in their shapes. I know that human body proportions are sometimes referred to as being apple- and pear-shaped.
Which now makes me wonder how oranges wound up replacing pears here in the US. Their color? Flavor? Texture? Or the completely different climates in which they're grown?
Maybe not exactly the same thing, but in Icelandic you 'turn a mosquito into a camel' when you make an unncessesarily big deal out of something, though I suspect the expression originates from somewhere further south on the globe...
It must have come through danish, although apparently they talk about elephants instead of camels but beyond that I don't know... it would probably be worthy MA thesis material if I wanted to trace it down...
It does make sense. The sun and moon have traditionally been seen as male and female, old and young, or constant and changing, depending on the culture. And the sun shines, while the moon merely reflects.
in Thailand we say like, "turmeric and lime" it actually means people with different thoughts against each other, and you can't put them together 'cuz they'll start a fight.
don't ask me why turmeric and lime. I think, that in the history people in my country liked chewing betel nuts. and they always have it with betel, turmeric and lime. and the last two recipes give like totally different taste
Which, by the way, I find very odd. You can compare anything. Even if two things are completely different, you can still compare their differences alongside or instead of their similarities. It's still comparing.