Dingo the Dissident

THE BLOG OF DISQUIET : Qweir Notions in the Armpit of Diogenes by DINGO the DISSIDENT binge-thinker since February 2008.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

As one approaches Old Age


one becomes resigned to ‘Fate’, 
and, if one is lucky, 
one ends one’s life in an exquisite mist 
of ‘saudade’, which word, I see (below), 
seems not directly related to our ‘sadness’…
though surely it must !   
Maybe it was a Portuguese import 
from Visigothic saþs ….

Old English sæd "sated, full, having had one's fill (of food, drink, fighting, etc.), weary of," from Proto-Germanic *sathaz (cognates: Old Norse saðr, Middle Dutch sat, Modern Dutch zad, Old High German sat, German satt, Gothic saþs "satiated, sated, full"), from ProtoIndoEuropean *seto- (cognates: Latin satis "enough, sufficient," Greek hadros "thick, bulky," Old Church Slavonic sytu, Lithuanian sotus "satiated," Old Irish saith "satiety," sathach "sated"), from root *sa- "to satisfy" (cognates: Sanskrit a-sinvan "insatiable"). 

2 comments:

Marcus Billson said...

I have to give it to you, Auban: there is always something new to learn on this website. The connection between "sad" and "satiated" is intriguing. Yes, there is a depression with a hangover, after all, but there is something deeper, more subtle, more allzumenschlich in your "exquisite mist."

Alma Kaselis said...

Excellent. Sometimes I my life as a movie or a book.