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Lithuanian months and their etymology

Today’s blog post will be about Lithuanian, more precisely about the etymology and the meaning of the words for months. Like many of the neighboring Slavonic languages, Lithuanian, a Baltic language, does not use the Latin names for the months, but its own, more ancient names for the months, which are based on the seasons and agricultural activities (just like the Slavonic months). 356 more words

Pig's For Dinner

One of the things that was raised during the MOOC was scientists’ usage of euphemistic language (and also, my dislike of provocative language when I’m trying to promote animal welfare). 685 more words

Knowledge Transfer


General name for an item made to be sold. Latin “producere”=to bring into existence, present < “pro-“=forward + “ducere”=to lead.


Shrinking Violet

What was said? “I’m no shrinking violet. I’ll tell him exactly how I see it!”

Did someone really say that? Yes, when in northern Michigan, a friend said that about another friend and his idiosyncrasies. 254 more words



Salt: the point at which matter becomes water and water becomes matter. It is one of the forms of mineral life.



A person who buys goods and/or services. Latin “consumere”=to eat, devour, destroy < “con-“=together + “sumere”=to take up.



n. 1. A conventional buffoon of the commedia dell’arte, traditionally mute, and dressed in parti-colored tights and a mask. 2. A clown; a buffoon.

adj.  88 more words