As it’s the summer bank holiday, I thought I’d talk about something cheerful, sweet and quite poetical, and that is how daisies got their name.
name comes from the Anglo-Saxons, who called the flower a ‘day’s eye’ (dæges eage), because as with many
flowers, the petals open during daylight and close when it gets dark. The
Anglo-Saxons noticed this, so when the petals opened to reveal the sun-like
disk growing in the centre of the flower, the called it an eye – in effect, the
eye of the day. As so commonly is the case with English, over time, the word has
shortened and has become easier to pronounce.