Monday, January 03, 2011
Sesquicentennial - Vocabulary word of the day
ses·qui·cen·ten·ni·al Adjective /ˌseskwisenˈtenēəl/
1.Of or relating to the one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of a significant event
ses·qui·cen·ten·ni·al Noun /ˌseskwisenˈtenēəl/
1.A one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary
Now that we are in 2011, what was happening around here in 1861?.. The American Civil War. The greatest conflict in American history, and a war that helped shape the United States in many ways.
Did you know that before the Civil War people would most commonly say "the United States are," and after the war people started saying and writing "the United States is?" This minor change in the way we used language indicates a big shift from a perception that the U.S. was a collection of autonomous states to the U.S. being one singular nation.
The next one to four year will see many events designed around marking the 150th anniversary of this great conflict. For more information on some of these events see the following sites:
Virginia Sesquicentennial Site:
Civil War Trails - Virginia