Archive for October 24th, 2007

Breaking newz

Late yesterday I heard from Cousin M, who had been up at the Farm, that the lower right window in this view of the porch from last summer had been broken. By a raptor. Dead on the bed, left.

Thanks, M & D, for fixing the window for the winter!

Etymology—dragon

Dragon.

Draconian.

“Dragon” comes to English via Latin from Greek drakōn, meaning ‘serpent,’ according to my Mac-dictionary.

Draco was a 7th century BC Athenian with a penchant for imposing the death penalty for even trivial crimes, hence our “draconian,” for harsh or severe.

And a Harry Potter character, of course.