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
Something’s still alive in the garden in December
By Penny Stine
Friday, December 19, 2014

The Top 10 Top 10 Albums Lists
By David Goe
Thursday, December 18, 2014

APPLE-PICKING IN DECEMBER
By Nic.Korte
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Don’t throw out the inserts: Finding coupons you can use
By Julie Norman
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Merry whatever you want this season to be
By Robin Dearing
Tuesday, December 16, 2014


TOP JOBS




THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Sign in to your account
Information

© 2014 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy