Mar 19, 2007

Whose story?

A few weeks ago, during a discussion with a couple from Egypt in a common friend's home, the guy asked what the reason for the word 'History' was and went on to explain. He said it was derived from "His Story", 'he' being the 'man' - the 'story of the man'. Quite an interesting info it was and we discussed on how sexist man has been for centuries.. Though the countries, rivers and ships - which were considered to be very powerful then, were referred to as female, when it came to naming the ultimate collection of all the past, it had to be 'his(s)tory'.. Hmm..

I came home and checked it out in Wiki. The etymology was quite different but what he had said still lingers in my mind, and I think he was probably right. What an oxymoron it would be to say "I am studying the history of my motherland"!

24 comments:

Sundar Narayanan said...

I am still waiting for that post about the world cup fiasco's for India and Pakistan!!

:)

Balaji said...

i think the 'his(s)story' meaning was why michael jackson named his collection 'HIStory' :)

Raju said...

Sundar, the guy who wrote excitedly about Afro-Asian Cup and the Super Series is quite before and during the biggest cricket event.. Gives u clues about his interest level?
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Balaji, ohhh.. I didn't know that..

Me too said...

When God is referred to as 'He'!

Though 'motherland', it (is)was mostly under a King/Ruler(male head) and so it is his story!

BTW, did you know that Germans refer(or atleast used to!) to their country as fatherland(Vaterland)?

Hell's Angel said...

yeah even i read abt this "history" word origin sometime back!!quite amusing!!

btw will mail u the song..wats ur id??

tulipspeaks said...

this is pretty interesting.

=ammu=

Raju said...

Aparna, yeah true, about God.

I didnt know about the Germans calling so..
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Brindha, oh, u had read it already huh? I was very amused when I heard it..

You can send it to rajublog-at-gmail-dot-com.
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Ammu, welcome here.
Interesting? Hmmm..

tt_giant said...

balaji took the words outta my mouth!

not to dilute your post with yetanotherrant on cricket, but waahhhh!!!!

Meenu said...

haha lovely post there ...
loved the last sentence there ..
"What an oxymoron it would be to say "I am studying the history of my motherland"!"
hmm how true !

Raju said...

Deepak, hmm.. Cricket never fails amuse, rite? :)
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Meenu, long time..
Glad u liked it..

துர்கா|thurgah said...

I had the same question when my teacher explained the term history.

துர்கா|thurgah said...

What an oxymoron it would be to say "I am studying the history of my motherland"!

that is a good one raju ;)

Raju said...

Thurgah, Oh...

Thanku.. :)

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