From the time that the United States minted its first coins at the end of the 18th century until the beginning of the 20th century, every one of its coins featured either an abstract female or a Native American.source
(HT Prufrock News)
Augustine of Hippo gives his two drachma on the etymology of the word servus, which means “slave” in Latin.
The origin of the Latin word for slave is supposed to be found in the circumstances that those who by the law of war were liable to be killed were sometimes preserved by their victors, and were hence called servants. (Servus, “a slave,” from servare, “to preserve.”)
One who is saved from execution becomes a servant. This fits in very well with Paul’s words about Christians being slaves to Christ. I wonder if Augustine had that connection in mind. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with the corresponding Greek word, doulos, which comes from a verb meaning “to bind.” The Latin servant is the saved one, the Greek servant is the bound one.
Tom Whitwell put together this list of 52 things he learned in 2019. Among them…
See Tom’s list for more head-scratchers.
Today I learned that people in the Netherlands open their car doors differently than we do here in the States.
A little bit of tid for you on this Sunday morning.
Apparently, H. G. Wells was somehow responsible for Japan’s current constitution.
The founding document of the most technologically saturated society in the world was based on the work of a science-fiction author. In retrospect, yeah, I really shouldn’t be surprised.
via Adam Roberts