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.

so much sickness

December 22, 2006 ·

Wow, what a week.  So a week ago, roughly, Saturday morning at about 6:00, Ian comes trudging up the stairs ... so we ask "what's up, buddy?"  Well, he had puked in his bed and tried to clean it up himself, poor guy.  So he was sick every hour from then till about 12:30 or 1:00 that afternoon.  Meanwhile, he'd been in the church kids choir, practicing the Christmas pageant once or twice a week for several months, and the show was scheduled for Sunday morning.  So he's crushed, thinking he's done all this work for naught.  Saturday night he gets a fever which spikes out at about 102, but it broke before midnight and he was feeling pretty good come Sunday morning.

So, he made it to the pageant, which was wonderful.

Then, Monday night Andrew's feeling rocky ... we'd made it a few days, but here came wave 2.  We had him sleep on the trundle instead of the loft, and sure enough he started throwing up around midnight.  Andrew tends to take stomach stuff full bore, so he continued to be sick every hour or so all through the night till about 8:00 or 9:00 the next morning.  Never got the fever, but certainly was feeling rocky until yesterday or so.  Sue then started feeling seriously bad Tuesday night, when we were supposed to go pick up the van from Firestone where we'd sent it for an oil change before the big drive to NY this weekend.  So, I got a neighbor to drive me over, brought the van home that evening, and about bedtime, Sue started with the diarrhea every 20 minutes or so pretty much all night. 


Long story short, we're leaving for NY a day later (Saturday rather than Friday), and we're pretty much drained as a family.  All things considered, however, at least there shouldn't be any nastiness on the trip if it's all behind us now.  That's our hope at any rate!

Merry Christmas to all and God Bless You!!

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