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20 Feb 10 | Re: Rather Spartan day names

According to Dot Wordsworth in the Spectator, the Portuguese days are just called after numbers - they translate as Day One, Day Two, Day Three and so on. What must the people of this unfussy, mathematically minded nation think when they learn English and find out that about half a billion people worldwide go round naming their week after a posse of mead-swilling, axe-swinging gods? Day names are pretty basic too, probably covered in the first few lessons. For a while, these Portuguese eleven-year-olds must wonder what else we name after bloodthirsty Aesir. We should name more things after them. Kettles should be Thor’s pots.

Posted by HERMES TRISMEGISTUS at 20:41

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