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
Seriously good garlic
By Penny Stine
Monday, June 29, 2015

A new book for pinching pennies
By Julie Norman
Monday, June 29, 2015

Loudwire Music Lineup Full of Surpises
By David Goe
Friday, June 26, 2015

Ground cherries are slow to return
By Penny Stine
Friday, June 26, 2015

Flat Stanley goes to India
By Richie Ann Ashcraft
Thursday, June 25, 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