Tuesday, April 17, 2007

So what's up with the name?

Dead languages are cool. True, they aren't too helpful when you're traveling, but they just sound cool - Carpe diem! Veni, Vidi, Vici! - see what I mean? And blog names should sound cool too, don't you think? Seeing as how I took a whopping one semester of Latin in undergrad, I figured that made me perfectly qualified to butcher Latin in the attempts to come up with the name for my wine blog. Which is exactly what I did with the help of a Latin - English dictionary.

So the idea here is that word Vinvenio has two parts: I initially intended for the "in" part to overlap, forming both "vin" and "invenio". I think the meaning behind the "vin" part of the name is fairly obvious; "invenio" means "to come upon, find or discover". Perfect, methinks, since this blog is all about finding/discovering new things about wine!

I then got a little concerned over what would happen if someone broke the word down the middle to form vin+venio. See, "venio" reminded me a bit of "venial", so I was thinking "uh oh, I don't want folks to think this blog is about forgivable or excusable wines". Again, Latin-English dictionary to the rescue, informing me that "venio" meant "to get into a certain state, to fall into". Phew - I'm fine with getting into that wine state of mind! Thus Vinvenio was born...

(And in case you're wondering, the bumper sticker says "If you can read this you are over-educated".)


Anonymous said...

Hi there Nate and Kris!

I couldn't agree with u more that "dead languages" are really cool! :-)
Here is another Latin Dictionary you might be interested in.

Take care and keep up your excellent blog.


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