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Human History as Natural History

Easter and Estrus

Etymologically, the word Easter seems to have something to do with the Latin for gadfly, the Greek for mad frenzy, and old English and Sumerian fertility goddesses. Once the equinox was a grand time for kings, or was written about by unmarried monks. These days, everybody gets an egg. Read More

'Et Ymol Ogy'

As a person addicted to etymology, I thank you heartily for this post!

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Laura Betzig, Ph.D., is a Darwinian historian at work on her fourth book, The Badge of Lost Innocence: A History of the West.


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