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.

bugs begone

June 23, 2008 ·

So, just returned from a week's vacation in the Great White North (Minnesota) and the friggin' cicadas are definitely winding down.  Yay!

Much quieter, almost tolerable in the late afternoon when we got home yesterday, and hopefully as tolerable in the mid-afternoon today.  Smell is noticable, but not nearly as bad as it was in '04.  Maybe we missed the worst of it last week ... dunno, but we'll take it.

Had a decent trip to the north, after driving up through the far eastern edge of Wisconsin to get there, due to the substantial flooding and subsequent road closures across the southern part of the state.  About 90 miles or something of I-90/I-94 closed between Milwaukee and Madision, and most of the tributary routes closed around it as well.  Serious stuff.  Had beautiful weather up in Wrenshall, though, and pitched in to help get a lot of work done.  Managed to be there for both Janaki's birthday and Brennan's, so that was cool, too.  Had relaxing and enjoyable stays with Dan and Laurie, too, both going and coming, so that rocked as well!

As always, however, once the days of driving are done and behind, it is such a relief to be home.  Especially when one gets home and the bugs are nearly gone. >:)

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