Today, I bring to you a short article relating to the Transit of Venus across the sun, which occurred earlier today. With proper ocular ornaments, one can see Venus, a small black dot relative to the sun, traversing the yellow/orange sphere in the sky. However, as I reflected upon this later today, an odd, and somewhat…naughty…thought traversed my mind.
You folk of the latter half of the 20th century may recall that Sexually Transmitted Diseases were once called Venereal Diseases. Venereal is derived from the Latin genitive word Veneris, which was a form of the word Venus, the Roman interpretation of the Goddess of Love, called Aphrodite in Greek culture. This is due to the fact that, once upon a time, people had sex (which tends to be how SEXUALLY Transmitted Diseases are…transmitted) because they loved each other. Venus=Love, Love=Sex, and Sex=Ailment.
This realization led to a breakthrough; one mundane to the untrained (non-nerdy) eye, but fantastic to me. If Venus, surprise surprise, is named after the Roman goddess with the same title, and Venereal diseases get their names from a word that was a form of Venus (if you don’t know, a genitive is a noun used to describe a noun, so Veneris means Of Venus), and an eclipse is when celestial bodies pass in front of one another, we could, in theory, safely call the Transit of Venus a Venereal Eclipse. Mind blowing, isn’t it? Are there any astronomers out there who can confirm or disprove this? I can’t, but I still think it’s cool. Maybe I’m experiencing space-bound Psychosexual developement?
Anyhow, I hope you all appreciate this tidbit of information. More articles will come soon.