Saturday, March 05, 2011

sabado gigante

Ganga was sunken, and the limp leaves 

Waited for rain, while the black clouds
Gathered far distant, over Himavant.
The jungle crouched, humped in silence.
Then spoke the thunder --

D A 

(from The Wasteland/ TS Eliot)

date :

"time," early 14c., from O.Fr. date (13c.) "date, day; time," from M.L. data, noun use of fem. sing. of L. datus "given," pp. of dare "to give, grant, offer," from PIE base *do- "to give" (cf. Skt. dadati "gives," O.Pers. dadatuv "let him give," O.C.S. dati "give," L. donum "gift," Gk. didomi, didonai, "to give, offer," O.Ir. dan "gift, talent"). The Roman convention of closing every article of correspondence by writing "given" and the day and month -- meaning perhaps "given to messenger" -- led to data becoming a term for "the time (and place) stated." (a Roman letter would include something along the lines of datum Romae pridie Kalendas Maias -- "given at Rome on the last day of April." As a verb, from c.1400, "to mark (a letter, etc.) with the date;" meaning "to mark as old-fashioned" is from 1895; hence dated "old-fashioned" (1900).

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