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.

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April 13, 2010 ·

Pajamas Media on The Fiscal Nightmare of the Welfare State.  I know not everyone agrees that we're heading toward socialism and not everyone agrees that our progressive turns are for the worse, but the economics are simply factual, not ideological.  And it's objectively suicidal, so that is our reality; whether or not we choose to believe it is entirely irrelevant.

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