What’s the Word Issue 19

What’s the Word?


C. Desert Rose


Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.
~ Virgil

Okay, in the spirit of keeping things 100% transparent … I have no idea who Virgil is. But, what he said, bang on!

I bring you today’s word in light of this joyous celebration.

All Authors Magazine has officially hit the 3 year mark.

Why are we celebrating?

Well, this issue isn’t just about another Magazine year, it’s about the endurance of the people behind it. Believe it or not, it takes a lot of hard work to put together a quality magazine. More than that, it takes an enormous amount of dedication. But, before I go getting all preachy on y’all, let’s take a look at the Word of the Issue.

1 Word
3 Syllables

I feel like this word is more than just a thought, it’s an action. Moreso, it’s an act of faith.

People endure because they choose to do so, not because they have to. Not giving up is a choice, not an obligation. It is also true that only the strong throw their knapsack of labor upon their shoulders and carry on. This magazine is a testament to that. Let’s take a look at the origin of the word endurance.

Being of Latin descent, the root of this word blooms very easily in my understanding. In Latin “indurare” would be “indurezer” in Modern Spanish, which means “to make hard”.

My mother used to say, when referring to a woman or man of conviction, “Ese/a si que es duro/a.” Which translates into “He/she is rough.”

Of course, to me this makes all of the sense in the world because being “hard” in my mind is synonymous with being durable. Being durable translates into being constant. Constancy equals endurance.

The Greek word for endurance is derived from the combination hypo, meaning “under,” and the verb meneo, meaning, “to abide.” Together they form “hypomeneo”, or “abiding under”. This is a strengthening derived from bearing a heavy weight upon one’s shoulders for extended periods of time. It is the proverbial “no pain, no gain.”

It is interesting to me how being hard and abiding under can be the two definitions for the same word. Yet, endurance is not a homonym. It is just a very profound word. Why? Because it means one thing, yet to everyone that one thing can have a variation of interpretations.

For a mother with a sickly child, endurance is to never give up on their kid.

For a person with a goal in mind, endurance is to keep working towards that goal.

For an elderly lady all alone in the world, endurance is baring her solitude continually.

For a man who wants the best for his family, endurance is to wake up every morning and make it happen.

You see, endurance truly is to be strong and hard enough to abide under the constancy of perseverance, for only the weak surrender.

This is another year for All Authors Magazine, yes, but it is also the testimony of its fortitude, and I am proud to be a part of that.

That’s What’s The Word with C. Desert Rose.