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Spanish – A Brief Overview, Part 2

Spanish – A Brief Overview, Part 2

Spanish Dialects Spanish evolved from Vulgar Latin and was also influenced by Arabic and some Germanic languages. It evolved ‎from the idiom spoken in the north-central part of the Iberian Peninsula. In its early written records, it is often ‎referred to as Old Spanish, becoming Modern Spanish starting in the 16th century. Linguists have not […]


Spanish – A Brief Overview, Part 1

Spanish – A Brief Overview, Part 1

  Spanish (or Español) or Castilian (or Castellano) is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. The term ‎Spanish is generally used by Spaniards when referring to their language in contrast to other foreign languages, ‎though they prefer to use the word Castilian (spoken by 74% of Spain’s population) when distinguishing their idiom ‎from other […]


10 to the power of 100

10 to the power of 100

In 1938, a 9-year-old boy was asked by his uncle to think of a new word. As any kid his age would do, little Milton Sirotta reduplicated a single syllable to come up with a funny-sounding word: “googol”. His uncle, mathematician Edward Kasner, used it as a short way of describing a very large number: […]


Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are here again. In the northern hemisphere, the days are so hot that, as the ancient Greeks put it, only dogs would be mad enough to go out in the heat. This expression, however, is not directly related to our animal friends’ foolishness. Instead, it ows its name to the […]


What did the Beatles mean by “Jai Guru Deva”?

What did the Beatles mean by “Jai Guru Deva”?

While many people may be familiar with this famous line from the Beatle’s song, ‘Across the Universe’, most people won’t know exactly what it means.  The simplest translation of the line is “I give thanks to the Heavenly Teacher”, in Sanskrit.  Still fewer will know that the word ‘deva’ is closely linked to ‘deus’ (Latin) […]