Saturday, 26 July 2008

Monda, Mondial, Mondeo, Mundane

One of the regular guests at Res. House is William Monda. I always call him “William of the World”, and this seems to amuse him.

I think that his name is rooted in a French word, which has been adopted without change into English, viz: mondial “ of whole world: relating to or involving the entire world”

An Italian Car manufacturer knew this, and so marketed their Ferrari Mondial.

As did the Ford Motor Company with their “Mondeo” models.

Also related is the word “mundane”

I found the following in an on line dictionary.


Middle English mondeyne, from Anglo-French mundain, from Late Latin mundanus, from Latin mundus world

15th century

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the world 2 : characterized by the practical, transitory, and ordinary : COMMONPLACE

I got to “mondeo”, “mondial” and “monda” as a result of looking up the etymology of the word “mundane”. For I had decided to call today’s blog entry - “A mundane day”

That it was, and all the better for it. After my early coffee I fed the cats (and by the way, they are still gorgeous, wonderful and happy members of my household).

Then I walked for an hour in the cool of the early morning. I returned home to write some cheques (checks) for various bills, including one for my ultra expensive health care insurance.

At about 11:00 a.m. I began to prepare lunch for the guests who were due to arrive at Noon. I made a Waldorf salad which I served on a bed of Romaine lettuce, together with some grilled chicken strips.

My guests were good Ben Morse, my fine neighbour David Foster, and a lovely couple from south Sarasota, Ron and Charlotte Thompson.

After lunch I tootled up to Sam’s Club to get my new spectacles, and then frittered away the balance of the day.

It has been a mundane day, and for that I am most grateful. There is a certain contentment in the ordinary.

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