September 20th, 2004


I've been told that the name Dmitri derives from Demeter, Earth Mother. I don't know whether this is true or not.

But- think about it- Dmitri is presumably a corruption of Demetrios (as in Demetrius and the Gladiators) and Demetrios has to be derived from Demeter.

How cool that a man's name should be derived from that of a Goddess! Are there other examples? I can't think of any.

P.S. There is, of course, a St.Demetrios. He's the patron saint of Thessalonika. He was an aristocrat who converted to Christianity, openly defied the Emperor Maximian and got butchered in a cellar for his pains. No, I didn't know this off the top of my head- I just looked it up here-

More About Demetrios

catvalente suggests that Demetrios means "Son of Demeter". I'm sure that's right. It's good to have a classicist in the house.

So- was Dostoevsky aware that Dmitri means "Son of the Earth Goddess" when he gave the name to his fun-lovin' Karamazov bro' or was it just a lucky hit?

It's The Oldham Accent

Two blokes, one in a hoodie, were chatting on the platform at Oldham Mumps*. The conversation was about beer and birds and technology.

Then one of them said. "You should have seen this fawn. It was so little."

I had visions of the petting zoo. Ah, I thought, he's getting in touch with his inner child.

And then he said something about ring tones.

*This is the name of one of the two railway stations in Oldham. I kid you not. The other is Oldham Werneth.