Saturday, January 21, 2017

Word from Mythology: January

JANUARY. The name of the month "January" comes from the name of a Roman god, Janus. The Romans named the first month of the year Ianuarius mensis, "January (month)," in honor of this god. They chose Janus because he famously has two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward, which makes him a perfect symbol for the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one. You can read more about the god Janus and his symbolic meanings at Wikipedia.

The image below shows Janus as depicted in a 16th-century emblem book:

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Perils of Cursive

A great comic by Jim Benton about the perils of cursive: demon? lemon? The wizard is not happy with the results!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hindi Word in English: Bangle

The English word BANGLE, meaning a ring-bracelet or anklet, is from the Hindi word bangri, meaning "glass bracelet." Bangles can also be made from metals, plastic, wood, and other materials. The word first appears in English in the late 18th century. You can read more about the bangles worn by women in South Asia in this detailed Wikipedia article.

The image below shows a bride wearing bangles.

Blogging for Learning

As you know by now, I am a big believer in the power of blogging. Whenever I start a new project, I start a new blog! Sometimes I'll use the blog for a few weeks, or a few months, or sometimes it goes on for years. So, of course I liked this graphic by Silvia Tolisano; it shows the different ways that blogs can be great for learning: Blogging for Learning.

1. Documenting
2. Reflecting
3. Sharing
4. Connecting

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Word Mix-Up: BARE and BEAR

BARE: The English adjective "bare" is from the Old English baer, meaning naked, without clothes (or without shoes), uncovered. It can also mean that something is empty, as in the phrase "the cupboard is bare."

BEAR: The noun "bear" is an animal, from the Germanic root *beron, meaning "the brown (one)."

There is also a verb "to bear," meaning to carry, which is from the Old English verb beran.