October 8th, 2008


The Swedish Connection

I am enthralled by this etymology.

Ventana derives from the Latin word for wind, ventus. English window has a similar connection with the wind. It derives from the Scandinavian word vindauga, a combination of vindr ‘wind’ and auga ‘eye’. So a window is, literally, the eye through which the wind enters.


I wanted to be sure the answering machine was working properly after the installation of the DSL line, so Mom said she'd hang up and call me right back. I went back to editing on the book while I waited.

What creatures of habit we are!

I caught it on the first ring! We laughed, and she tried again. We laughed again, then went on with the conversation.
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