Gwendoogle – The Original Lord of the Flies


Answers served with some very long words

ThatsDelighfulDear searched: I don’t really know what Classical Philology is, but I think it means you should be able to tell me something I don’t know about the Greek gods?
Philology is the study of languages. Classical Philology just narrows it down to the study of Latin and Ancient Greek.

It might mean that I* can tell you something you don’t know, or it might just mean I know how to swear at your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather. But let’s try these facts on for size:

1) The twelve Greek gods that are typically named in the pantheon today started out as dozens or hundreds of regional deities. When the city states starting combining under unified governments, they started having conversations like this:

George: Hey. We’ve got this goddess of wild animals.
Bob: Us too! We call her Artemis.
George: We call her Aeginaea.
Bob: Oh…
George: Yeah…
Bob: They’re probably the same person.

2) Zeus is generally referred to as King of the Gods, or the God of Thunder. He was also the keeper of oaths, punisher of dishonest traders, avenger of wrongs done to strangers, and god of flies. Huzzah for multi-tasking!

3) The gods were sorted into two categories: The Olympians resided above the earth, and the Cthonics resided beneath it. Any of them could come to earth, but the Cthonics couldn’t go higher and the Olympians couldn’t go lower.

Except Hermes. Hermes, god of travelers and tricksters could go wherever he darn well pleased.

*as the mighty holder of a degree in Classical Philology

Kate Kearney searched: How can I already need more bookshelves?
I think you missed your Book Buyers Anonymous meeting.

Or you didn’t.

Sometimes those meetings devolve into Book Clubs.

HeidiHoHeidi searched: Type “let’s chat about” into Google, then follow Google’s advice.
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Let's Chat about

1) The first house I lived in had bookshelves in every room. Literally. There was even one in the bathroom. My mother realized one day, that the books on that shelf in particular were being read (as if they had a captive audience or something). She stocked the shelves with educational material, including a book where cartoon mice talked about economics.

I learned that you should not charge a mouse ear and a mouse tail for pancakes. You will collapse your market because you can make pancakes faster than mice can grow ears and tails.

2) “Jesus” is the modern English form of the Ancient Greek name “Iesous,” which came from the Aramaic name “Yeshu’a,” which is a contraction of “Yehoshu’a.”

Other modern forms of this name include: Josué, Xesús, Iokua, Essa, Isa, Issa, Yushua, Yehoshua, Józsua, Giosuè, Josué, Jozua, and Joshua.

3) It happens after all the other stuff.

4) This is NOT how you tell someone they need their tonsils and adenoids removed.

Kate Kearney searched: Do you believe that electronics have personalities?
I believe that electronics have glitches individual to each machine due to construction and use.

I believe that personality can – pessimistically – be described as glitches individual to each human due to construction and use.

I started out prepared to answer this question with a “no,” but I believe I have just talked myself around to something more affirmative in nature.

Have a question for Gwendoogle? Leave it in the comments below and I’ll be back next week to answer it.

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