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Gemini 02: Santa Claus filling stockings furtively

Gemini 02: Santa Claus filling stockings furtively

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T h e n a m e S a nt a Cl a u s c o m e s f r o m t h e M i d d l e D u t c h S i n t e r N ik l a a s w h i c h m e a n s “ S a i n t N i c h o la s” , a b i s h o p o f A s i a M i n or w h o b e c a m e a p a t r o n s a i n t f o r c h i ld r e n . 1 The word saint is a derivative of the IndoE u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o ot sa k - w h i c h me a n s “ t o s a n c t i f y . ” I t s p a r o n y m s i n c l u d e c o n se c r a t e , s a c r e d

T h e n a m e S a nt a Cl a u s c o m e s f r o m t h e M i d d l e D u t c h S i n t e r N ik l a a s w h i c h m e a n s “ S a i n t N i c h o la s” , a b i s h o p o f A s i a M i n or w h o b e c a m e a p a t r o n s a i n t f o r c h i ld r e n . 1 The word saint is a derivative of the IndoE u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o ot sa k - w h i c h me a n s “ t o s a n c t i f y . ” I t s p a r o n y m s i n c l u d e c o n se c r a t e , s a c r e d

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Gemini 02: Santa Claus filling stockings furtively
The name
Santa Claus
comes from theMiddle Dutch
Sinter Niklaas
which means
“Saint Nicholas”, a bishop of Asia Minor
who became a patron saint for children.
1
 The word
saint 
is a derivative of the Indo-European (IE) root 
sak-
 
which means “tosanctify.”
Its paronyms include
consecrate
,
 sacred 
,
sanctify 
,
sexton
,
and sacerdotal 
.
2
 The word
fill
descends from the IE root 
pele-1
 
which means “to fill
.
Its paronyms include
accomplish
,
complete
,
 compliment 
,
complement 
,
comply 
,
deplete
,
expletive
,
folk 
,
full 
,
implement 
,
  plebe
,
plenitude
,
plenum
,
plethora
,
supply 
, and
surplus.
3
 
The word
stocking
descends from the IE root 
(s)teu-1,
“to push, hit,thrust.”
4
Among its paronyms are
 pierce
,
shtick 
,
ratatouille
,
steep
,
 steeple
,
stint 
,
stiver 
,
stoop
,
stub
,
stucco
,
student 
,
stupefy 
,
stupid 
,
stutter 
,
 Styx 
,
toil 
,
tuck 
,
tweezers
,
 
and
type
.Finally, the word
furtively 
descends from the IE root 
bher-1
, “to
carr
y; also to bear children.”
5
Among its paronyms are found
amphor 
,
 anaphora
,
bear 
,
barrow 
,
birth
,
bore
,
bring
,
burden
,
burial 
,
burly 
,
confer 
,
 defer 
,
differ 
,
euphoria
,
ferret 
,
forbear 
,
fortune
,
infer 
,
metaphor 
,
offer 
,
  prefer 
,
proffer 
,
refer 
,
suffer 
,
 
and
transfer 
.
THEMES:
 
Santa Claus
 
is, of course, “
the personification of the spirit of Christmas, usually represented as a jolly fat old man with a whitebeard and a red suit, who brings gifts to good children on Christmas
Eve.”
6
But there is more to the Christmas story here than meets the eye.
1
 
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Santa+Claus
 
2
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 73
 
3
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 64
 
4
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 86
 
5
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 10
 
6
 
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/Santa%20Claus
 

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