Is it a bunny, a rabbit, or a bunny rabbit? No matter what you want to call it, the words “bunny,” “rabbit,” and “bunny rabbit” are all used to refer to the same animal. So why does this adorable creature have so many names?!
According to people who study where words come from (etymologists), rabbits probably got their nickname of “bunny” from Scottish people who spoke Gaelic, and who sometimes used the word “bun” to mean “the tail of a hare.” The word caught on and eventually became “bunny,” most likely because changing it from “bun” to “bunny” made the term sound more endearing and more appropriate for a small rabbit! (Some people call all rabbits “bunnies,” but many people use the term for just baby rabbits.)