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:

Kay said...

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!

DeniseinVA said...

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

Emmylou said...

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

Anna-Alina said...

Really interesting!☺

Bob Bushell said...

Great trivia.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

There must be one for Good Star !

Optimistic Existentialist said...

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

Caro * said...

Really ? I did not know this.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

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

DEZMOND said...

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...

Pat Hatt said...

From disaster to wish, go figure

Pilar Domínguez said...

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:)

Holy Ghost Writer said...

A new one for me

jaybird said...

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

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Cool fact of the day.

Christine said...

maybe a falling comet isn't a good thing!

Giulia said...

Amazing post
Giulia
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Saucy Siciliana said...

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

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Mary Kirkland said...

Another interesting post.

FilipBlog said...

I wonder how you gather all this information.

Greetings,
Filip

Lucy said...

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

Linda said...

I never knew that!

stephen Hayes said...

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