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Friday, April 5, 2013
Word from Mythology: Cereal
Today's word from mythology, cereal, comes from the name of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, called Demeter by the Greeks. In the Roman religious calendar, her festival, the Cerealia, was celebrated on April 10. You can read more about Ceres/Demeter at Wikipedia.
The use of the word "cereal" to refer to breakfast cereal is an American usage dating to 1899.