Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

Entries for month: November 2006

a Charlie Brown Christmas

November 09, 2006 ·

This is awesome.  Becky, one of the project managers in my office, found this on the web somewhere and just got it set up in the office.  A Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  It is so much more than appropriate somehow.

a charlie brown tree

Lonely little thing, looking so perfectly bedraggled.  Sorry for the pic quality, but it's off the cell phone.

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