We comment about our daily lives, and events around us, and in the wide world beyond. This is a photo taken of Hanne outside Athens Creek in November 2012, at Penticton, BC.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Today's post is about how the English language messes with words. It represents a salvo of shots over the bows of sinking ships about the original Latin word "salvare" to save. How did it become "salve," an ointment to soothe wounds? Or a "salver," a tray for foods? A "salva" is a foreign word for a person testing foods for poison, so maybe that's how.
Winter near Armstrong
Late afternoon sun
Old Barn in Winter
It all started when I was reading about the salvaging of containers from the stricken cargo-ship breaking up off the East coast of New Zealand. The folk in this business are apparently called "salvors." Or even "salvers." I suppose there are some salvors getting ready to salvage ( or is it salve?) the Concordia cruise ship off Italy. Then finally there is another word "salvation". ( or is it "salivation" ?).
But that is another post....