What's in a Word | All Blogs


Fifth day honors ancient gods

By Debra Dobbins

The word “Thursday” is more proof that English is classified as a Germanic language. It means Thor’s day.

Thor was a powerful Norse god associated with thunder and lighting, much like Zeus/Jupiter were in Greek/Latin mythology. (The Nordic languages of Danish, Swedish and Norwegian are considered North Germanic languages.)

People whose language is primarily based on Latin pay tribute to Thor’s counterpart, Jupiter (also called Jove) on the same day. For example, “Thursday” is “jueves” in Spanish.

Thor's Battle Against the Jötnar (1872) by Mårten Eskil Winge
Caption and photo of painting courtesy of Wikipedia

 

COMMENTS

Please Login or Register to leave a comment.




Recent Posts
CRANES!
By Nic.Korte
Sunday, March 29, 2015

My spring salad is growing
By Penny Stine
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Awesome alliums
By Penny Stine
Friday, March 20, 2015

Best friends
By Robin Dearing
Friday, March 20, 2015

Chill Out With Couches, H. Grimace
By David Goe
Friday, March 20, 2015


TOP JOBS




THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050; M-F 8:00 - 5:00
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Advertiser Tearsheet
Information

© 2015 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy