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: January 2011

Hey, he's famous

January 13, 2011 ·

My buddy Steve is famous!  Well, he got the nod on Lew Rockwell at any rate :)

... cool ...

Tags: politics

CFL risks

January 03, 2011 ·

So, the EPA is completely derelict in its duty to protect Americans, or what?

"Note that the reported 200-800 μg/m3 air concentrations upon bulb breakage are somewhat greater  than the EPA’s RfC (by 667 to 2,667 times to be precise)."

Somewhat greater??  I'm sorry, but those numbers are up in the THOUSANDS of times greater exposure than considered safe.  For a single bulb breakage.  Seriously?


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