[sf-lug] SF-LUG meets Sunday May 1, 2016 (Zenial Xerus on MAY Day)

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Apr 25 13:49:44 PDT 2016

Quoting Daniel Gimpelevich (daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us):

> https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/xenial
> 1. Hospitable, especially to visiting strangers or foreigners.
> 2. Of the relation between a host and guest; friendly.

It's stolen directly (see .signature) from the Greek word ξενία
('xenia'), meaning hospitality to those far from home -- a major theme
in Homer's epic poems, especially _The Odyssey_, for example.

But it's the 21st Century, so let's explain it with a comic strip!  ;->

The concept is cognate to 'hachnasat orchim' (welcoming guests) in
Genesis 18-8 and 19:1–8 (Abraham and Lot), to the Old Norse 'ristna'
(hospitality, munificence) in the Viking Icelandic sagas, to
'гостеприимство' (hospitality) in Russian, to 'fialachd' (bounty,
hospitality, liberality) in Irish Gaelic, etc.

[This posting sponsored by the Society for the Incurably Polyglot, and
by the Friends of UTF-8.]

And, hey, חַג כָּשֵׁר וְשָׂמֵחַ  for those celebrating Passover.  (Chag kasher
v'same'ach, in case the encoding fails me.)

Cheers,    "Not only does the English language borrow from other languages, 
Rick Moen  it sometimes chases them through dark alleys, hits them over the
rick at linuxmafia.com   head, and goes through their pockets."  -- Eddy Peter
McQ!  (4x80)

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