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Posted: 09 April 2014 06:17 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Another Latin addition to the language

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Posted: 10 April 2014 01:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The pre-Latin etymology is also interesting.

OED says “compare Greek θρίαμβος hymn to Bacchus”.

Etymonline, charged with more confidence perhaps, says “from Old Latin triumpus, probably via Etruscan from Greek thriambos ‘hymn to Dionysus,’ a loan-word from a pre-Hellenic language.”

Wikipedia, with a boldness that is almost slutty, mentions “The term’s etymology is connected with the word θρῖον ‘fig leaf’ by Aemilius Luetcke (1829) who refers to the epithet Συκίτης ‘of the fig tree’ of Dionysus.”

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Posted: 10 April 2014 06:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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So it doesn’t mean “three umphs” as in “Hip-hip-harrumph! Hip-hip-harrumph! Hip-hip-harrumph!”

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Posted: 10 April 2014 07:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I wish I could trump that one but I can’t.

I’m not sure whether it’s true that Roman generals awarded a triumph had a slave in their chariot whose task was to whisper in their ear every so often, “Remember, you’re mortal”. Se non è vero, è ben trovato, as they say.

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Posted: 12 April 2014 05:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Memento mori, to be exact.

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