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A court that is given official authority to deal with a particular situation or problem. Latin “tribubnal” < “tribunus”=head of a tribe.


Did she go up or down the aisle?

A break from blogging for a short holiday turned into something rather longer as my 95 year old mother became very ill following a stroke. 225 more words

gultur: vulture, and other creatures

From Joseph T. Shipley’s The Origin of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.


Scrutiny – To cut

Scrutiny – to analyse something. The word comes from the Latin ‘scrutinium’ which meant to examine something, it was also used to mean ‘to decide by vote’. 18 more words


Unpopular Pop

The term “pop music” was first applied to popular songs back in the 1920s. For the next forty years or so, pop music continued to mean music that was popular but, based on the tastes of the time, it almost exclusively meant rock’n’roll so that, until the late 1960s, “pop” and “rock” were interchangeable terms. 216 more words


The Sun and Me

Welcome back to Etymonday — the weekly, unprofessional, perhaps even incorrect etymology and thoughts blogcast.

The previous week I mused on stars, so perhaps it’s convenient to talk about the closest and brightest star in our sky, the Sun, and specifically, it’s many variants and names that I find personally interesting. 959 more words


Phrase – Cut to the quick

Cut to the quick, meaning to offend deeply.

The saying is a metaphor, the idea that someone has cut so deeply, they are cutting at life itself, and here’s why. 55 more words