Monday, April 20, 2009

Heat and Hot

With the temperature over 106 degrees F (41 degrees C) where I live and sweat, there are no other words today but...

Heat (n) and Hot (n) - These words date back to the dawn of the English Language. From old Germanic words like hittia (Old Saxon) and hete (Old Frisian) Old English developed the word hat that became hot. The phrase heat wave dates to 1893. The Latin word torridus, from which English derives torrid comes from the Latin name for the Sirocco winds that blow across Italy and the Mediterranean from the Sahara Desert.

Art is from Steve Greenberg of the Ventura County Star.

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