What's in a Word | All Blogs


Tsar power

By Debra Dobbins

Variations of Julius Caesar’s last name crop up in at least three different languages: German, Russian and English.

“The Latin pronunciation of Caesar is ky’ zar,” writes Isaac Asimov in Words from History. “The Germans kept the Latin pronunciation and spelled it, according to their system, as Kaiser. This means ‘Emperor’ in German.”

Asimov notes that in the mid-1400s the Russians also picked up the word, but at first called it tsesar. Eventually it became tsar, and in English it became czar.


Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Photo of painting courtesy of Wikipedia

 

COMMENTS

Please Login or Register to leave a comment.




Recent Posts
I WILL SQUEEZE YOU (I WILL SQUEEZE YOU)
By Nic.Korte
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bloomin’ berries
By Penny Stine
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Happy transplants
By Penny Stine
Monday, May 16, 2016

Happy spinach
By Penny Stine
Friday, May 13, 2016

SMALL TOWN INVASION
By Nic.Korte
Thursday, May 12, 2016


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

© 2016 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy