The Greek Titan Chronos is known as the son of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaea (Earth), the youngest of the 12 Titans, the one who separated Heaven from Earth, and the one who ate his godly offspring. On top of all that, his name literally means TIME in Ancient Greek. The Greek root CHRON, old as it is, forms the basis of some interesting time-oriented words still used today.
CHRONOLOGY - a record of events or dates in order of occurrence
(Teachers often ask students to list historical facts in chronological order.)
CHRONIC - constant, acute
(Did you know that millions of people suffer from chronic bronchitis?)
ANACHRONISM - hails from a previous time period
(In literature, a common anachronism is dropping a character into a different time period.)
CHRONICLE - written account of a series of events, usually nonfiction
(Newspapers chronicle each day's most important events on their front pages. This is known as front page news!)
SYNCHRONIZE - cause to occur at the same time or rate
(Don't you just LOVE to watch synchronized swimming?)
CHRONOMETER - a marine instrument for measuring time
(The chronometer manages to keep accurate time despite weather and motion fluctuations.)
Now it's TIME to enjoy the beach, vacation with family, relax in your backyard, host a cookout, read, write, volunteer, go to camp, walk the dog, hit the outlets, run a 5K, or whatever makes your heart sing. Enjoy!
Laura Fineberg Cooper