Day 3- Etymology: What’s in a Name? #write31days 2014



Term of the day: etymology: study of the evolution or changes within words’ history.  


I like the idea that words change and evolve and not just because of the existence of urban slag. The dictionary used to seem to be this static entity, but I know now that it is ever-changing and evolving. Gay, short for gaiety, still means joyous and happy, but now it also means homosexual, thanks to Cary Grant dressed in a woman’s bathrobe. Of course, that’s a story for another day.

Name of the day: Giovanni.

Breakdown and meaning:

With both Hebrew and Italian origins, Giovanni is either a “gift from God” or “God is gracious”. So why this name you ask? This is the name of my hero, the star of my Eternal Curse Series. In book one, Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel, Giovanni discovers who he is and the meaning of his name, as well as how it all ties in together.

Well, that’s it for Day 3. See you tomorrow.


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Toi Thomas

I like reading, writing, cooking, dancing, movies, and music. I'm a big kid and choose to see the world in my own special way. Yes, I'm educated, but I haven't let that stop me from being who I want to be. I'm a wife, teacher, author, blogger, and more.