I don’t truly identify with any political label (or any other type of label, honestly). But knowing that short-hand is often useful, I frequently refer to myself as a voluntarist (voluntaryist) or, perhaps more practically, an anarchist. While reading a piece from MuckRock.com I came across this image. It shows a page from a manual written by the … Continue reading People Like Me
My world view was changed by a single Spanish word.
I was studying Spanish using the DuoLingo app. I had to translate a Spanish phrase to English using a provided list of words. The phrase contained the word “compromiso;”but the list had “commitment” rather than “compromise.” I immediately started digging into the etymology of these words. That’s how I stumbled across this blog.
(As an aside to the author of the blog: I accidentally liked and commented your post from a WordPress account I have failed to maintain. Or rather, I meant to like and comment, but not from that account.”
This is something that has bugged me for a long time. The spanish word for “commitment” is “compromiso.” This leads to many native spanish speakers, upon trying to translate their thoughts into english, saying things like “I’m sorry I have to leave early, but I have a prior compromise.”
The difficulty is that the spanish word for “compromise” is also “compromiso,” something I didn’t actually realize until just a few days ago. In english, “commitment” and “compromise” are two totally distinct concepts, but to spanish speakers, they are apparently linked.
How could this be? It appears that the word “commitment,” or “commit,” derives from the latin “com,” meaning “together”, and “mittere,” meaning “to send.” The suffix “ment” turns the verb into a noun (specifically an act or process.) Similarly, the word “compromise” breaks down into “com,” meaning together, and “promittere,” or “to…
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So, I encountered a few technical roadblocks that included, among other things, a broken laptop screen and a slowly failing, barely limping (not to mention cheap-to-make and cheap-to-buy) mobile computer, aka cell phone, aka chromed robot turd (scroll down a ways...or read all the entries...either way the Feens are different and not for the faint-at-heart). I now … Continue reading BaK (Back at Keyboard)
I've been promising food stuff for a long time. And here it is. These are our vegetable farmers, Will and Amanda Reed. They own and operate a small bit of land they call Native Son Farm. In 2010 they broke ground on a three-quarter acre plot. In 2015 they planted twenty acres and provided a … Continue reading Food for Thought