Wednesday, December 14, 2011

English words from the Classical Myths: Jovial.

According to the Oxford Dictionary jovial is "as an adjective, cheerful and friendly". According to the Etimology Dictionary, the word jovial comes from under the influence of the planet Jupiter. "The meaning (good-humored, merry), is from astrological belief that those born under the sign of the planet Jupiter are of such dispositions." In ancient Roman religion and myth, Jupiter (Latin Iuppiter) or Jove is the king of the gods, and the god of the sky and thunder in words of wikipedia. He is the equivalent of Zeus in the Greek pantheon. Other words referring to jovial are joviality, jovialize, etc. We can see the use of this words in this article.


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