Thursday, April 20, 2006

Not what you might be thinking...

Here’s another of those hidden-in-plain-sight commonplaces in India. Almost on arrival in India, I was struck by the happy omnipresence of the swastika—particularly in religious circumstances—of what is an extremely loaded and dark symbol back home. It was only after an explanation from a Hindu friend that I appreciated the significance of this quotidian icon.

1. Everyday; commonplace.
2. Recurring daily.
3. Ordinary.

[Middle English cotidien, from Old French, from Latin quōtīdiānus, from quōtīdiē, each day : quot, how many, as many as + diē, ablative of diēs, day.]