Friday, April 25, 2014

Fact of the Day: Disaster

The English word "disaster" is ultimately derived from a Greek word meaning "bad star". As in ancient times people would think a falling star (in reality a comet) meant disaster.  

23 comments:

  1. No kidding? I didn't know that. Makes sense though. Adam, thank you so much for all your encouragement as I try to get back to my routine after my exhausting, but interesting trip. There has been too, too much to do! Yikes!

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  2. That is an interesting bit of trivia. I enjoy learning about these things. Thank you!

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  3. Didn't know this. So much to learn about etymology.

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  4. Cool - funny how we now look at falling stars as a sign to make a wish.

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  5. Really ? I did not know this.

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  6. "The fault, Horatio, lies not in our stars."

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  7. Nature has signals for everything... like take now for example - in recent weeks we've had quakes and floods in all parts of the world announcing some horrid upcoming hapennings in the society - maybe some nasty development if USA again put their ugly paws into Russia's business in Europe...

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  8. From disaster to wish, go figure

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  9. Very interesting!! I didn´t know the meaning. In Spanish is "desastre" I guess it has the same origin ( astre means star) and des- is the contrary of something. Kisses:)

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  10. I wonder why we all started "making a wish" when we saw a falling star began?

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  11. maybe a falling comet isn't a good thing!

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  12. Amazing post
    Giulia
    www.thefashionmamas.com

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  13. Great, I didn't know the meaning at all.

    www.saucysiciliana.blogspot.com

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  14. I wonder how you gather all this information.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  15. I didn't knew that. Happy weekend Adam! Lucy www.tpinkcarpet.com

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  16. I wonder what city that is in your photograph. That city sure looks like it's suffered a disaster.

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