Nestle Vitality


Yesterday, at school, I was thinking about this blog. “I need to post something this week to get back onto my schedule of posting” was one of my thoughts. Then, suddenly, my new topic was right in front of me. Literally. You see, I was drinking enhanced water from Nestlé. And what is that brand of enhanced water called? It’s called “Nestlé Vitality Enhanced Waters from the Vitality Express Dispenser”, according to the website of Nestlé. The product is illustrated as a way to “[v]italize your beverage business” (Nestlé). Vitalize and vitality have the same root from a Latin word: vita.  Vita is Latin for “life”. Words that are derived from vita are, but not limited to: vitality, vitalize, vital, vivacious, and etc. Are you mind-blown, because wow, Latin is truly everywhere.

Click here to read another post about how the Latin word, vita, ties in with gaming.

Here is another post that’s about health and vita.

 

Photo/Logo Credits: Nestlé Professional

We Must Do Better

Warning: this article contains SENSITIVE CONTENT

Recently, a six-year old* was found dead in Pakistan. The young girl, Zainab, went missing on her way to her Quran class and was found dead , in a dumpster, a few days later. When her body was found, it was quite clear that young Zainab had been raped. Pakistanis, and other people, were filled with outrage. According to the BBC, Police in Kasur, her hometown, stated that there have been over TWELVE similar cases in the past two years. Protests have erupted in Pakistan, and many people around the world have sent their condolences to Zainab’s family. I was disgusted when I first heard about this, and I cried for her because she was an innocent kid who had done nothing wrong, yet she was killed in a brutal way. You can read more about the heartbreaking story here and here.

Here are a few more Tweets related to Zainab’s story and people’s thoughts on it:

This horrible incident led me wondering whether incidents like this occurred in Ancient Rome. While my heart tried its best to reassure myself that it didn’t, I took an educational guess that they most likely did. According to Vice, a popular magazine, there was no legal term for rape nor was it against the law. After all, the myths of the gods had many tales of them sexually assaulting mortals. However, what’s even more horrifying is that if a married women was raped, she could be tried for adultery. Besides that, according to a Classics professor at New York University, Michael Peachin, “If one did not want a baby, one could, without any legal consequence, throw it away––literally, on the garbage dump”.

Reading about how sexual violence was treated in Ancient Rome horrified me almost as much as Zainab’s story did. Ignoring victims and culprits is not alright. Making headlines for a few weeks and then disappearing into the back curtain is NOT okay (think of Brock Turner’s story). We, as a human race, need to do better; we must do better.

*different news articles state different ages for Zainab; she was between the ages of 6 and 8.

This Is How Latin Influenced Gaming

The Sony PlayStation Vita is a hand-held gaming device. According to Amazon, the PS Vita offers a “more immersive gaming experience”, where the player can play from anywhere, ranging from their couch to a restaurant. What’s this got to do with Latin? Well, the word vita is a Latin word which means life, career, and/or livelihood. Basically, you, or anyone else, can play on the PS Vita anywhere, at any moment of your daily life. And, did you know that video gaming can actually be like a career, if you get enough followers willing donate money to you? If you made your video gaming hobby into a career, I’d have to call that your source of income for your livelihood.

 

UPenn

One example of a prestigious Ivy League school is UPenn. The University of Pennsylvania is a private university that is often confused with the Pennsylvania State University, which is also known as Penn State. UPenn has a tiny acceptance rate and its school of business, Wharton, is known for being the best in the country. It’s one of dreams to get in/go there (along with UChicago and NYU). One of my friends has applied early decision for a dual medicine program, and he finds out in two days, so I’m nervous for him! UPenn’s motto is in Latin, like most prestigious schools. It reads “leges sine moribus vanae”, which means “laws without morals are useless”(UPenn Archives). UPenn’s motto has always been in Latin, but its exact words have changed over time. In 1956, a group of faculty members recognized that the authentic motto came from Horace’s Odes, and out of respect, it would not be changed anymore. The motto has not been changed since.

Coldplay can be connected with Latin?

I have never been to a concert before. However, a lot of people have told me that Coldplay concerts are the best ones. In the Spring of 2016, Coldplay performed during the Super Bowl’s Halftime Show. After listening (and watching) them, I started exploring their music. One song that I really liked was “Viva La Vida“. The song appealed to me because I see it as controversial. The song itself, literally, tells the story of Napoleon’s last moments before his death. It describes the French Revolution in absolute detail and all of the lyrics tie back to one theme: power will inevitably be corrupted. So, in this song, the chorus shows everyone’s awareness of the death of Napoleon, which is soon approaching. Because of that, another big idea emerges: live your life with no regrets. In fact, the phrase “Viva La Vida” is never spoken nor sang in the song itself. However, “Viva La Vida” is Spanish for “live (your) life”. Does that connect to the theme? Yep. So, where and how does Latin play a role in this? Well, the lead singer in Coldplay, Chris Martin, graduated in Classics (both Greek and Latin) at University College LondonVivir, the Spanish verb for “to live”, can easily be traced back to vivere, the Latin verb for “to live”.

Luminara Candles

Recently, I’ve taken up a challenge for this winter season: invest no money into a product (or an idea, company, etc) and profit from it. The reason why I have taken this project up is because my main interests include social entrepreneurship as well as helping others. I’m working with my school’s Director of Security on this project, and we are donating all of our profits to an organization that gives gifts to impoverished families. Fortunately, my mentor has a friend who works with QVC. QVC sells home products, as well as luxury products for homes. Luckily for us, QVC overestimated the amount of Luminara candles that would be sold in their stores. Because of this, they need to liquidate their inventory of Luminara candles; this means that anyone who has access to the candles can buy them for a cheaper price than the initial retail price. Luminara candles are electronic candles that can be controlled with a remote and give off an authentic vibe; they look as if they’re flickering. And, to top that all off, these candles were designed by Disney to use in their Haunted Mansion because real candles bring the risk of burning the attraction down. Luminara sells their candles in both different colors and different sizes. The prices for these candles can range from twenty to fifty dollars. So yeah, that’s one of the projects that I have taken up, and if it goes well, we’ll have been able to donate at least 2,100 (US) dollars to that charity. How does all of this relate to Latin and the rest of my blog? Basically, the word lux, lucis in Latin means light. Because of that, I can make an educated guess and guess that Luminara comes from the word illuminate, which means to “make lucid; throw light on” (Dictionary.com). The word illuminate comes from luminatus, which comes from the verb luminare. And where does luminare come from? Luminare comes from the Latin noun for light, which is lux, lucis (as discussed earlier). And boom, there’s a connection from Latin straight to my life right now.

Is Pseudo-Latin Actually A Thing?

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Believe it or not, pseudo-Latin is a thing. In fact, you’ve probably already seen it. Lorem Ipsum is known as pseudo-Latin. Lorem Ipsum is a dummy text which is used to fill in documents and websites, so the viewers and editors can pay more attention to the format and layout. Today, a lot of websites and desktop publishing softwares use Lorem Ipsum to fill in blank spaces.  However, contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not scrambled words and randomized text¹. The text in Lorem Ipsum originates from one of Cicero’s works. So, does that make Lorem Ipsum real Latin or pseudo-Latin?

¹ Even though Lorem Ipsum resembles Latin, the text has no meaning. The letters k, w, and z don’t exist in Latin, so similar words are inserted in their place.

 

Ghosting, Shadowing, & Latin

I’ve been playing tennis for a long time and just recently picked up squash. During tennis workouts, my coach used to say to shadow strokes before practicing them with tennis balls. This helps build your technique and gets your feet moving. During squash practice, my squash coach said the same about squash. She said, for a part of our warm-up, we’d be ghosting strokes because that helps build technique. At that moment, something clicked in my head; those two actions are essentially the same, right? In Latin, the word umbra, umbrae means both shadow and ghost. Is that a crazy coincidence or what?!