2016-12-07

why Wednesday is diarason/djarason

“Interestingly, Papiamentu uses the Dutch system for naming the months, but the Iberian system for days. One exception is the day for Wednesday, dia rason, which apparently is derived from the Portuguese word for ration (racao) since Wednesday was the normal day that slaves were given their weekly rations. Others attribute the word to the Dutch word rantsoen, which has the same meaning.” —from Slavery and the Development of Papiamentu (excerpt seen online)

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