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cent & kate (11) Originally uploaded by centkate. Sincerely. Sincere is derived from the Latin -Sine Cera- which means, -without wax-. Also meaning, honest [as in an honest intention] and without wax regarding the closing of a letter/note. But also regarding people’s behaviour about being genuine and uncorrupted. *thanks James Post scriptum: This post reminded […]


1. The word warrior is to war as what word is to jihad? Answer: A person who makes war is a warrior, whereas a person who undertakes jihad – which means “struggle” in Arabic – is a mujahid; several of them are called mujahidin. 2. How many baskets are there in a Dodekathronon? Answer: The […]


Labor (n.) c.1300, “exertion of the body,” from O.Fr. labour (Fr. labeur), from L. laborem (nom. labor) “toil, pain, exertion, fatigue, work,” perhaps originally “tottering under a burden,” related to labere “to totter.” The verb is c.1300, from M.Fr. labourer, from L. laborare, from labor. The verb in modern Fr., Sp., Port. means “to plow;” […]


Emmy “statuette awarded by the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences,” 1949, said to be an alteration of Immy, from image. Etymoline Post Scriptum :: For the etymology lovers, here is an awesome game: Moot