Wednesday, September 19, 2007

More Back to "School"

I just had to do this entry, Sorry! But I will say this was a pain to write up to! I would of hated to fail "Blog 101" the first week of back to school!!! So I worked hard on this one. LOL

"School" word origin

In ancient Greece, "skhole" meant "discussion" or "place for lectures,
" but earlier it meant "leisure, spare time." Education and study
required adequate time away from work, something only the wealthy --
the leisured classes -- had. It became, in Latin, "schola" ("school")
and appeared in English by 1000 AD. A variation of "schola" is found
in many languages: Dutch "school," German "Schule," Danish "skole,"
Swedish "skola," Irish "sgoil," Welsh "ysgol," Breton "skol," and
Russian "shkola." Some Romance languages added a vowel before the
"sk" sound as in the Spanish "escuela" and Portuguese "escola." The
French added the initial "e" and eliminated the "s" leaving "├ęcole."
Italian kept the "sk" for "scuola."

Definitions of "School"

"School" can also mean "people united by a general similarity of
principles and methods" (as in a "school of thought"). This entered
the language in 1612. "A group of fish" is also called a "school" in
English, especially American English. The origins of this usage are
found in the Dutch word "schole" meaning "multitude, crowd" which
went on to become, with the same meaning, the Old English "scolu" and
"shoal" in modern English. In the US "shoal" was confused with
"school" and "school of fish" became more popular than the original
"shoal of fish." "Shoal's" meaning of "shallow water" is probably
derived from the Old English "sceald" meaning "shallow." "Sceald" is
related to the Greek, "skeleto," "dried up," from which our word
"skeleton" comes.

Who reads??

One in four U.S. adults read no books at all in the past year,
according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll. Of those who did read,
women and older people were most avid, and religious works and
popular fiction were the top choices. Of those who read, the mean
number of books read (half read more and half read fewer) was seven.
Those who haven't read any books in the last year are more likely to
be men than women, and older, less educated, with lower incomes,
minorities, from rural areas and less religious.

Statistics from the Association of American Publishers for July book
sales showed an increase in sales of 20 percent for the month, which
raises the year-to-date sales by 11.5 percent. 'Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows' caused sales in the children's and YA hardcover
category to rise 504.2 percent for the month,
with total sales in the
category of $255.1 million, while audio books went up 240.8 percent,
for $32.1 million. Adult hardcovers were up 28.6 percent, but adult
and children's paperbacks were down: adult mass markets nearly 25
percent lower for the month, and children's down by close to 26

So alls I have to say about this is; Lets get reading !

OR--> JK Rowling--> Lets continue Please!!!