Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday etymology

The English noun Sunday derived sometime before 1250 from sunedai, which itself developed from Old English (before 700) Sunnandæg (literally meaning "sun's day"), which is cognate to other Germanic languages, including Old Frisian sunnandei, Old Saxon sunnundag, Middle Dutch sonnendach (modern Dutch zondag), Old High German sunnun tag (modern German Sonntag), and Old Norse sunnudagr (Danish and Norwegian søndag, and Swedish söndag). The Germanic term is a Germanic interpretation of Latin dies solis ("day of the sun"), which is a translation of the Greek heméra helíou.[2] The p-Celtic Welsh language also translates the Latin "day of the sun" as dydd Sul.

From Wikipedia.


Lisa Kjellerød said...

Call it what you like but after being here for 5 months I have now officially had enough of Sunday being closed for business in Norway! I need shops on Sundays!! Argh!

Sarah Carlson said...

I know, me too. Yesterday afternoon I headed out for a walk, and despite the fact that the sun was shining from a clear blue sky, all I could think of was how dreary the cityscape becomes on that last day of the week in the first month of the year.

Guess one should just stay indoors on Sundays and pretend it's not, you know, that day of the week:O)