chronos, chronus

It is the beginning of the new year so why not discuss a word about time – chronos (Greek), chronus (Latin). There are many words that use this root (chron) for time as part of its own word. Some of these are:

  • anachronism

  • chronic

  • chronological

  • chronicle, and

  • synchronous

For those that like logic and games,

“A CHRONogram is a complicated word game that involves hiding Roman numerals in a phrase or sentence and having them add up to a certain date. Upon the death of Queen Elizabeth I someone supposedly wrote, My Day Closed Is In Immortality. Note that the initial letters of each word are, in order, MDCIII, which in Roman numerals, in 1603, the year she died.”

NTC’s Dictionary of Latin and Greek Origins, Bob Moore and Maxine Moore, pgs.52-53,ISBN 0-8442-8321-5

The word most likely originates from the mythological character, Chronos.

“In Greek mythology, Chronos (Ancient Greek: Χρόνος) in pre-Socratic philosophical works is said to be the personification of time. His name actually means “time,” and is alternatively spelled Khronos (transliteration of the Greek) or Chronus (Latin version).”

And for those that love the concept of time travel, like myself –


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