Saturday, April 26, 2008

Saturday's Words

Serbian:

mlade - young
pisati - write
misliti - think

German:

bahnhof - train station
danken - to thank
lieben - to love

Spanish:

alto - tall
pobre - poor
oeste - west

English

rotund - plump and rounded
augar - to predict from signs

3 Comments:

Blogger Nick Steffen said...

Is it a bad thing that all of these words remind me of GK Chesterton?

12:15 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I don't thinks so.. I wonder how so, though :)

10:50 PM  
Blogger Nick Steffen said...

Let's see...

The first three remind me of his writings, that always have a youthful energy and provoke me to think.

For bahnhof, he was known for hanging around train stations (as well as a number of other urban hang-outs). Evidently, one early anecdote has him telegramming his wife after reaching some random train station, trying to figure out where he was supposed to be. "Home" was the response.

His expositions of love and thanks (particularly poignant in his biographies of Francis and Thomas), were simply brilliant. I know of no one who had a richer appreciation for the world in and of itself than GK Chesterton.

He was quite tall and rotund, often seeming like a rather imposing source of gravity to strangers.

He was not particularly wealthy (though perhaps poor is me stretching these ideas a bit too much).

He was a constant and vehement defender of western civilization, firmly endowed to Christendom.

And finally, he's been more recently seen as rather prophetic in some ways (mainly in his discussions of social issues that would arise from the many confused philosophies of his times) and would likely be known as augar.

Anyway, there you have it. Then again, Chesterton's so big (in so many ways) that's it's almost hard not to refer to the man. Either that, or my glasses have become Chesterton-colored.

11:35 PM  

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