Now, how did such a simple word that described a piece of fruit become so tangled?
The English language of course.
It throws up many a variation of the same sounding word, just to confuse us.
Just think, there is also pair, and pare.
But a pear, that’s a piece of fruit.
And if you’re not careful things can go pear shaped very quickly.
Then there’s pair, which means there’s two of something the same, such as a pair of socks
Except in my house it’s more than likely that pair of socks are an odd pair.
Then there’s pare, which is to take the outer layer off such as an orange.
It can also mean to cut down, as in staff after restructuring an organisation.