Monday, May 30, 2016

Tidbits for Today

Did you know that the terms "nephew" and "niece" were not used in America before 1750? The words are derived from the Latin Nepos, meaning grandson, and Neptis meaning a granddaughter or great-granddaughter. The word nepotism is also derived from these words. In old German and Norse, the words meant kinship.

So before 1750 what term did they use? They referred to these relations as "cousins." Prior to 1750 the word cousin may have meant the wife or husband of a first cousin, a nephew or niece, any other indirect relationship stemming from a marriage, or quite simply, any blood relationship except from one's parents, which would include first cousins. Confusing, isn't it?
(Information from the magazine Heritage Quest, November/December 1997; Issue Number 72.)

Did you know that there was no income tax in the Gay Nineties? (1890-1899)

A 70-hour work week was typical in the mid-1800s.

In 1927, the year my Dad was born, these were the costs of every day items:

  • milk - $.56 a gallon
  • bread - $.09 a loaf
  • postage stamp - $.02
  • gasoline - $.10 a gallon
  • car - $475
  • home - $7,682
  • The average income was $1,358. 
Calvin Coolidge was the President of the United States in 1927. 

Ta ta for now,