Sunday, February 26, 2006

The provenance of a.m./p.m.

Here's some intresting stuff from my GRE vocabulary studies...

The word root "ANTE", is Latin for "before" or "in front of".

Ante Meridiem, which means "before noon" is abbreviated as "a.m.".
Similarly, "p.m." stands for "Post Meridiem".


Also, some sort of joke
"MAL" , as in "maladies" and "malfunction" means "bad".
But how about the word "male"? Does that mean all men are bad ? :D

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