Etymology of Sexy

Today, I’m grateful to Google for giving me seamless access to knowledge. The following words are close in pronunciation. However, if you want to know how a word came into English, it’s easy by using “etymology” as a Google keyword.

1. etiology is the cause, set of causes, or manner of causation of a disease or condition
2. entomology is the branch of zoology concerned with the study of insects
3. etymology is the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history.
 
Steve at Duboce Park called my dog, Maggie, svelte. He conjectured that the word’s origin was French. I agreed that it was a good guess, but wondered if it could have been Nordic. My Google query was, “etymology of svelte”. Svelte came to English from Italian via French. In Italian, svelto means to pull and stretch out. In English, it means thin and elegant. 

It is interesting to ponder that slender and elegance is a synergism used to describe beauty today. Svelte’s use in English to describe appearance, began in the early 19th century. When one ponders the Renaissance, models did not follow the heroine chic trends of the 1990s. 

Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), Italian Renaissance painter depicted Venus on the Half Shell as a more full figured woman. However, the church decided paintings of naked women were too pagan and burned the majority of Botticelli’s works. The surreptitious Venus survived the church’s purge of Medici’s collection to be discovered by a future generation, which valued the money such a painting would fetch, more than the spurning church concern (cynical reading of Tom Reeder’s Blog ). #butThatsAnotherStory

The works that survive from ancient Egypt are modeled on slender women. Apparently, the Han Dynasty also favored thin women. The roaring 1920s idolized boyish women.

Popular trends seem to have come and gone, and perhaps popular culture was always in flighty flux. One important moral of this post could be that you should be comfortable in your own skin. Love yourself and the hipster will love you too. Or not, but who really cares what hipsters think. Peace and love from San Francisco.

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Morning Poem

Shed Your Light
by Jeffrey C. Long (Aug. 24, 2014)

It makes you stand taller
Makes you walk slower
Makes you smile longer
Makes you breathe easier

Makes your mind quieter
Makes your heart stronger
Makes your shoulders lower
Makes your head higher
Makes your eyes brighter

It’s love when you feel it
It’s love when you share it
It’s love when you know that someone really cares

Backpacking Desolation Wilderness

A week ago, Gabe was able to take a weekend away from his 4 month-old baby boy.  We went to Desolation Wilderness and climbed to an alpine lake that had some Golden trout.  The lake was rather fished out, the hatch was non-existent and we had to fish the American river on the way home to catch some nice rainbow trout.  But the trip was amazingly beautiful and he put together a little video of the hike.