Friday, September 9, 2011

"Word Is..."

I'm one of those people who are fascinated by words, how about you?  I like some words because I enjoy the way they sound, and others for the context or meaning.  But I'm really fascinated with the derivation and history of words.  Cause ya'll know I love me some history :)

So, where to start when there are about a gazillion words out there to choose from?  I decided to start with September, and try to follow that pattern for each month; and after that, I'll have to come up with a different theme.  September just happens to be my birth month (and my sister's, too), and it has always been one of my favorite months of the year.  I love the gradual weather change from hot summer to early fall.  The autumnal equinox occurs (in the Northern Hemisphere) in September; this year it will be on September 23, at 9:04 a.m.

September is derived from the Latin word septem, meaning seventh, because in the Roman calendar, it was the seventh month.  The Gregorian calendar (which we use today) was introduced in 1582, where after September became the ninth month of the year.

Some words are just fun to say because they seem to roll off your tongue, like derivation, septem, autumnal, equinox, and Gregorian.  I know I'm quirky, but there you are :-)  More about September next week.

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Image Source -- Wikipedia

"September" from a 15th century calendar, or 'book of hours', the Tres Riches Heures (the Very Rich Hours)

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