Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Veni, Vidi, Vici...I Came, I Saw, I Conquered

ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. This fabulous meme was created and hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt who hails from Great Britain. Over time, others have joined in to help host this wonderful and informative meme. We are now in our EIGHTH round! Some of the participants have been with this from the very first round; others have joined in along the way. Each week we are taken across the globe to see the varied and exciting contributions people have taken the time to discover and capture. We start with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. This week's letter is, "V".



VENI, Creator Spiritus is a hymn used at vespers which are the evening prayers. It also emerges during Pentecost and other occasions when the Holy Spirit is solemnly invoked.

Veni, Vidi, Vici...all three are Latin verbs in first person perfect form of: "venire", "videre", and "vincere". Wikipedia says that it is a sentence coined by Julius Caesar in reference to a short war, hence the, "I came, I saw, I conquered."

I don't think you'd hear this phrase being said at vespers, however.


You know, I don't know why we don't just use the names of colors we see in our crayon box. It is really much more descriptive, don't you think? I mean, to say that you were green with envy, what shade of green pops into your mind? Olive green? Grass green? Sap green? Thalo green? How about VIRIDIAN green? Such a lovely color, I think. Gosh, not even my spell check here had that word in it's 'vocabulary'! Well, it didn't have Thalo green either. You can find out more about viridian green here.

Yep. I suggest that the next time you feel yourself about to use the word, 'green' in a sentence, insert viridian instead and see what happens to your conversation!


photowannabe said...

Fascinating take on the letter V. I like your starting out with the Pentecost music.
I would like to know more about the pipeorgan. I have never seen one that didn't look like an organ. I noticed he didn't use the foot pedals. I was wondering if they were electronically set before he played. Just curious.
Green....now I do wonder what I think when I say green. What an interesting question.
Thanks for getting my day off to such a great start.

Jingle said...

Veni, Vidi, Vici, and Very...

what fun v names.

Roger Owen Green said...

very verdant description of green.
happy Pentecost!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Meryl said...

I actually like veridian. It is fun to say!!

Hildred and Charles said...

A beautiful Pentecost hymn, - a great choice for V posting Paula.

Sylvia K said...

Such a fun post for the V Day and only you, Paula, can go from Julius Caesar and veni, vidi, vici to verdant, veridian green while listening to a Pentecost hymn!! Ah, the many sides of Paula! I love it! Hope your week is going well!

ABC Team

Kay L. Davies said...

I agree with Sylvia, the Very many sides of Paula. What a super post for V day.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Joy said...

Ah the forty shades of green, To know each name; I wonder what they are. Veridian is a evocative word.

Karen said...

Veridian...I like it! Green is my fave colour...

Tumblewords: said...

I wish I could remember to do that! The names of watercolors are so exquisite and yet I use the basic names. I need to change my vocabulary. Verily. :)

Reader Wil said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful music by Bach! Thank you for this post too. Have a lovely day!

Spadoman said...

I love the pipe organ sound! Ever been to Organ Stop in Phoenix? The whole building is the organ! Check it out if you get over that way.
As far as green, well, I like Chile Verde. Verde is like the Veridian, no? Maybe not.
Anyway, good "V" choices.
Here's the link for the Organ Stop
photowannabe has shown interest in finding out more about the pipeorgan.
Oh, and he DID use footpedals, some right, some left.
Good stuff paula.



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