July & July
Why is the month of July (Jü-l) pronounced differently that the given name, July (Jü-l)? The reason these two heterographs (words with different meanings and sounds that are spelled the same) confuse me is that they both come from Julius Ceasar. In fact, the given name comes from the month, just like the name “April” comes from a month. Back in Ceasar’s day, there wasn’t a letter “j” available, so his name began with the common Latin combination of the letters i and u. Although the letter j is said to have come about as an i with an added flourish, it’s interesting that it looks like a combination of i and u. But none of that answers the question of why the name “July” is pronounced differently than the month “July”. The month of July was originally spelled “Julie,” but I don’t know if that was pronounced, at the time, the same as the name “Julie”. This all points to a larger question: Why would anyone outside of my own brain care? Since I can’t think of an answer for that either, I’d best move on.
New words from Daisybrain
- Entertrainment: Entertainment on, near, or about a train.
- Computerus: The (future) uterus of a computer being.
- Insectarian: Having to do with an insect religion.
- Assinineteen: More assinine than assinine.
- Wordeal: An ordeal of words, such as this Daisybrain post.
- Catlas: A cat atlas.
- Attilapia: A brutal military leader of the tilapia fish.
- Vegetablet: A new edible (and healthy) tablet, from Apple
When you take raw cocoa beans and cold press them, the vowels get all jumbled up, and you get cacao powder. But then, when you take the cacao and roast it, the vowels move back, and you get cocoa powder. Lets apply this creative spelling to other foods. Liquified apples will create eppla cider. When berries are blended into a smoothie, you will have a birrei smoothie. In this way, we can keep our language as confusing and nonsensical as possible. Now, if you will excuse me, I have to finish drinking my ceffoo.
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