That was the week that was

A few events caught my attention this week – ranging from language to weather – and on the brink of a new season, it seemed a perfect time to do another weekly roundup. Here we go…

1 > Latin nerds, gaudete!

This one is a riot. The Vatican’s got a gimmick. Rejoice.

Against Vatican expectations, Pope Francis’s Twitter account (@Pontifex_ln) has gained more than 100,000 followers in six months and is growing steadily. Papa Franciscus’s followers include tweeps from all walks of life, not just people of the cloth or scholars. How many of those followers read Latin remains to be seen. (I was a Latin nerd, taking it as an elective for two years, and I can translate the sentence structure more than anything else). But hey, if you really want to get the gist, there’s always Google Translate.

Thus far, the Pontiff’s channel appears to be running on broadcast only. Vaticana situm est circa praedicationem. Non est communicatio cum voluptate audientium possit. (Scroll down for the loose translation.)

2 > New York rezones post Sandy

Given the nightmare that was Hurricane Sandy, New York City redefined its evacuation zones. They’re more inclusive now covering nearly 600,000 additional residents, totaling almost 3 million. The number of evacuation zones also doubled from three to six – with fewer people in each zone, and have moved further inland. This restructuring allows for more accurate evacuation orders, should they be needed again (and we hope not).

Good news: I’ve been downgraded from Zone 3 to Zone 4.

3 > Really, it’s a word – in the dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) officially added “tweet” to its listings. Twitter’s “tweet“ (strangely “retweet” was added first) joins other select, private techno companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Google with definitions. Facebook is not yet represented here. Ouch!

The act of tweeting — that is, posting to Twitter — is now formally recognized as a part of the English language, #howdidwelivewithoutit.

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4 > Summer begins with the Summer Solstice

Lastly, the week ended with the Summer Solstice (my favorite event of the year), and the official first day of summer. Enjoy the extra half-second of the day – today, 21 june 2013. To celebrate summer, here’s a shot of Wildwood, NJ, USA, a south Jersey shore point, where I spent my summers as a teen. Happy Summer Solstice 2013.

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Loose translation > The Vatican seems more vested in preaching to, than engaging with its followers.
Flickr image: David Saddler / the bridge

2 Responses to “That was the week that was”

  1. Rose Says:

    I hear Wildwood is really nice these days. Clean, great for families. I haven\’t been back since 1987. I doubt I ever will be.

  2. Janet G Says:

    It’s been about the same time frame for me. From the pictures I’ve seen, WWBTS looks like it has had a renaissance

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