Thursday, December 15, 2011

English words from the Classical Myths: Mercurial

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word mercurial means '' subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind ''.
According to the Etymology Dictionary the word mercurial cames from the name of the Greek god Mercury, the god of the merchandise'' the Roman god, originally a god of tradesmen andthieves, from merx (merchandise); or perhaps from Etruscan and influenced by merx. Later he was associated with Greek Hermes''.
''He was a messenger who wore winged sandals, and a god of trade, the son of Maia Maiestas and Jupiter in Roman mythology.In his earliest forms, he appears to have been related to the Etruscan deity Turms, but most of his characteristics and mythology were borrowed from the analogous Greek god, Hermes'' in words of Wikipedia.
Other words referring to mercurial are mercurialis, mercuriality and mercurian.
We can see the use of the word in this article about a famous mercurial man.


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