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.

A Lesson on How to Write a Rant

April 24, 2012 ·

Now, I'm a CFML user from way back, and it continues to be my language of choice.  In business, however, other matters impact decisions of platform and staffing, and I have hired a number of .NET programmers (including a Java programmer to do .NET).  We use only frameworks for our web apps, but nonetheless, Doug's got this Nailed.  Not only is it true for so, so many .NET programmers, but it's just a beautifully visceral and nasty rant.  Well done, Doug, well done.

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