E Unibus Plurum, Part II: The Light Shineth in Darkness

Presumably remembering declensions is higher on Maslow’s hierarchy than shoes.
Our word “slave” comes from the Byzantine (also Frankish) proclivity for enslaving Slavs. Above, an illustration chronicling the great feats of Emperor Basil the Bulgar-Slayer. (Latin had a vaguer word “servus,” covering a range of people from educated servants to chattel field hands.)
Mare (“sea”) is one of the few nouns on whose gender Romance speakers broadly disagree. It was neuter in Latin, and became masculine in standard Spanish and Italian, but feminine in French, along with some maritime Spanish dialects. Pictured is Positano, on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, looking out toward Capri.
An Italian map of major languages, including the La Spezia-Rimini Line.



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Sam Quillen

Sam Quillen


Former linguistics student; current investment bank analyst who sometimes thinks about something other than spreadsheets