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Meaning Behind The Proverb “In The Land of The Blind, The One Eyed Man is King.”

Main Piece: Original Text (Latin): “In regione caecorum rex est luscus.” Translation: “In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.”  Meaning as told by my informant: “It means that if everything is bad, and one thing is less bad, then it’s automatically the best. It plays on the idea of ‘best’… Continue Reading »

Rubor, Dolor, and Calor — Signs of Infection

Text The following piece was collected from a seventy-three year-old woman from Vail, Colorado. She will hereafter be referred to as the “Informant” and I the “Collector”. Informant: My mother had a very specific way of checking her children for infections. She would always say to us: Rubor, dolor, and calor. Signs of inflammation.” Collector:… Continue Reading »

Latin Proverb – Postquam vinum, lac Fac testamento tuo

Content: Latin Proverb “Postquam vinum, lac. Fac testamento tuo.” Transliteration – “After the wine, milk. Make your will.” Translation – “If after wine, you drink milk, make your last will and testament.” Context: Informant – “I heard it from my father. He was quite the linguist. I’ve never heard anyone else say it, but the… Continue Reading »


In the following, my informant details an interesting fact he has heard regarding the plural pronunciation of the word “Octopus.” So in the English language, the most common form of, the plural form, of “Octopus,” is like “Octopi,” people say a lot, or like “Octopuses,” um, or like “Octopodes,” [Ahct- oh – podes]  is actually… Continue Reading »