Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Word of the Week - Genes

Good grief, I've been forgetting to blog left and right! Let's hope it's just that my last few weeks have been crazy, and now my brain will settle back into normal patterns. ;-) We can hope...

In my last pass of the fantabulous Veiled at Midnight, I came across a character saying something about their gene pool. So naturally, I paused to look it up. This is a historical, but a post-WWII one, so I knew it was probably close.

And indeed, it was very close. Gene is from the German gen, a word coined in 1905 by Danish scientist Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen. He took it from the Greek genea, meaning "generation; race." They had earlier been called pangenes. So the word gene definitely would have been around by 1947. Gene pool, however, didn't make its debut until 1950. Pretty close, but I was gonna guess that the backwater of India wouldn't have that one yet, so I made a quick substitution. ;-)

Now back to work I go on getting Veiled at Midnight ready to go live! Some unforeseen events delayed this release, but we're finally ready to get it up and out there! Yay!


3 comments:

  1. I LOVE the cover of this novel! I simply want it because it's so beautiful! Do I have to read the first two in the series to read this one?

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    1. Nope! This one is the generation following the first two so stands very capably on its own!

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  2. Sweet! Thanks for telling me! I still want to read the first two, but at least I know I can start this one first if I want! :)

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