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Asked in Christmas, Name Origins
What is the origin of the name Christmas?
The Greek letter 'X' is the first letter (chi) for the greek word for Christ, Xristos ( Χριστός). Xmas therefore means "Christ's Mass." The letter chi is written the same as the Roman letter X. So, as a form of shorthand, some people replace "Christ" with the first letter of his Greek name, X. The term Xmas, while sometimes controversial among Christians, has become a common short English abbreviation for Christmas.
Why do army officers peak caps have two golden threads?
Answer Peaked or visor caps usually have a loose-fitting strap that sits on top of the bill. This strap is attached at each side with a button. For officers, this strap can be a gold or silver "rope" and usually doubled. The visor cap evolved from earlier forms of military hats. All hats had a chin strap to help hold the hat firmly on the head. Officer's hats evolved to have a brass strap or over-lapping plates. Also, when not in use, the straps could be tied or buckled so that it was worn above the bill. Some even attached to the very top of the hat. A close comparison is the German pickelhaulbe (or spiked) helmet, which was a leather helmet first worn in the early 1800's. These were usually worn with the chin strap resting on the bill of the helmet. Enlisted men's helmets had leather chin straps and officer or elite troops(cavalry) had brass chin straps. So, the golden threads are actually chin straps. And they still function, some what, as an adjustable strap. The knot at each end will actually slide such that the strap will gown wide enough to place under the chin. But of course, there is no way to secute it snugly and it is not practical nor does it look cool, either. Another hat that also hat gold or colored cords were the Slouch hats worn by US Army. These resemble the common "cowboy hat". They were common wear during American Civil War and out West. A tan version was issued during the Spanish American War and later evolved into the Campaign Hat that Army drill instructors wore. These had a double cord that had two ends that hung loose. These were colored to indicate branch of service. I think this evolved to the colored piping worn on the Overseas caps used in WW2. British hat from Waterloo with white braided cord British hat from Waterloo era with chin strap tied up to peak of hat. French Napoleonic hats British shako (post Napoleonic) with 1-piece chin strap attached across front of hat. US Slouch hats and Campaign hats and other hats from various times. WW2 USAAF 'crusher' caps Soviet Visor caps Practical Answer The modern visor cap has the chin strap usually worn on top of the bill. Officers are rope cords and enlistedmen's are leather straps. Both are made of two strands, one attached at each button on the side of the hat. The cord wraps around the front of the hat and has a loop or knot at the other end that slips over the mating cord. This arrangement allows the chin strap to be loosened or tightened. This double cord design allows for this adjustment of the strap. The slouch hats also have double cords probably for the same reason. Custermen
Asked in Christmas, Name Origins
What is Grinch Mean Time?
The moment on the Grinchs' clock that indicates it's time to steal Christmas, and time to get mean. The answer above is almost certainly the right one, but it is just possible that the questioner was asking about Greenwich mean time. Many who don't speak the Queen's English believe that Greenwich is pronounced "green witch." Almost all Brits say it 'grennitch', but a few (including Her Majesty), opt for "grinnitch." New Zealanders, who long ago abandoned "maj-speak", go for 'grinnertch'. The 'er' in this is a very short schwa, and the result sounds amazingly like Grinch.
Asked in Name Origins, Names and Name Meanings
What is the meaning of the name Anisha?
Anisha signifies continuum and uninterrupted perpetual process that never stops, one which has an everlasting flame for eternity. Anisha is also one of the names of Goddess Laxmi, in Indian culture and mythology. Anisha is also an anagram of Ahinsa (i.e. non-violence). It may also mean "light" and "brightness" as in the opposite of night (i.e. "nisha" that signifies darkness). In that regards, the name Anisha carries the same meaning as another Indian name Usha. It is also believed that the name Anisha is dderived from Greek word Anice, and hence has the meaning Satisfaction or Fulfillment in material sense or Enlightenment in spiritual perspective. Notable Anisha: Anisha Nicole, Anisha Shenai, Anisha Nagarajan, Anisha Lakhani, Anisha Tomlinson, Anisha Khatkhate, Anisha Shenai-Khatkhate, Anisha Chinoy This name means she has the greatest power of all, invincible, blessed, lucky and one of gods greatest creations. This name brings luck and beauty to all it is a femanine name and originates from India. it was created by the king of india when his eldest daughter was born.
Asked in Name Origins, Sikhism, History of India
Is Bisla a jatt last name?
yes it is !! this caste belongs to jatt or jaat (as many live in haryana now) they were mainly from Punjab but as they have chosen to stay in native places.. they can be found in haryana , uttar pradesh & rajasthan as well.... their presence is also there in many foreign countries.... they have established their names in various parts of the world...
Asked in Name Origins, Surnames
Is Dennis an Irish surname?
The Dennis families of County Cork may have been Ó Donnghusa who anglicized their surname. The English surname Dennis is first found in the records of Lancashire, after the Norman Conquest that began in 1066 A.D. The French version of this surname is first found in Champagne, where they'd held family seat since the most ancient of days. See the Related Link listed below for more information:
Asked in Literature and Language, Name Origins
Where did the name Ludmilla come from?
Ludmilla, or more commonly, outside of English-speaking countries, Ludmila or Lyudmila, is a girl's name of Slavic origin (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, etc.). Lud means "people," while mila means "love, dear," making Ludmila mean "love of the people." Perhaps the most famous person named Ludmila is Saint Ludmila, a Bohemian princess of the 10th century. She is known as the patron saint of Bohemia, the Czech Republic, religious converts, widows, and duchesses.
Asked in Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Name Origins
How did Chicago get its name?
The town of Chicago was founded in 1833 and named by the French Canadians in their pronounciation and spelling of an Algonquian word. It is either the Fox tribe's word for "place of wild onion" or the Ojibwa tribe's word for "skunk". Either way, it has been recorded that wild onion, chives and garlic grew in the area and the Chicago River was named for the plants and their fragrance. Then the city that was built on the river was called by the same name.
Asked in Name Origins
What does Blue Ivy mean?
Blue from Jay-Z's successful CD hits (The Blue Print One, The Blue Print Two, The Blue Print Three, The Blueprint four and five). Ivy actually stand for the Roman Numeral IV, which means four. Jay-z and Beyonce were both born on the fourth, and they got married on the fourth. And, Carter is Shawn's last name. Beyond that, it means absolutely nothing; backwards, forwards or inside out it is meaningless to anyone other that little Blue Ivy and her parents.
Asked in Quran (Koran), Name Origins, Baby Names, Sanskrit
What is meaning of Ayaan?
Name: Ayaan Meaning: Gift of God Gender: Male Origin: Arabic Ayaan word is mentioned in Surah al naml(ants) verse number 65 in the holy Quran it means the day of judgment , also the Arabic meaning is gift of god its also a sanskrit word meaning speed. Günther Schlee seems to translate ayaan as "day." (Chapter: "Loanwords in Oromo and Rendille as a mirror of past inter-ethnic relations." Book: African Languages, Development and the State. Page 201. 1994.) Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi says, "Ayaan means good luck and destiny, someone who is in good luck and prosperous might be referred to as ayaanle. Ayaan is also a popular name for girls. In the ancient Cushitic religion, the ayaan, or ayana among the Oromo, are good spirits or angels that mediate between god and humans and whose blessings one seeks. As is known from practices among non-Muslim non-Christian Oromo, the chief priest of the Cushitic cult is the qallu." (Book: Culture and Customs of Somalia. Page 65. 2001.)
Asked in Name Origins
Where did the name Yossarian originate from?
Yossarian is an Armenian surname, a patronymic of uncertain origin. Other Armenian surnames, (answered from ancestry.com) Grigorian - Armenian: patronymic from the Armenian personal name Grigor (see Gregory). Hovespian - Armenian: patronymic from the personal name Hovsep, classical Armenian Yovsep (see Joseph).