Charles Brian Orner
SOSTENUTO - A Novel

Notes

Interested readers will discover additional details here in a wide variety of areas, including the arts, astronomy, business, culture, environment, gaming, geography, language, history, literature, music, mythology, philosophy, politics, religion, and science. Spend a little time with the notes; it'll pique your interest. Then buy the book. Most notes have been taken from public sources such as Wikipedia. The remainder are given attribution.

Chapter 2

1    In August, the constellation Hercules is upside down with respect to the horizon.
2    From the episode “Déjà Q,” the sixty-first episode of the television series Star Trek, The Next Generation.
3    Scottish Gaelic is a Celtic language native to Scotland. A member of the Goidelic branch of the Celtic languages, Scottish Gaelic, like Modern Irish and Manx, developed out of Middle Irish, and thus descends ultimately from Primitive Irish. Scottish Gaelic should not be confused with Scots, which refers to the Anglic language variety traditionally spoken in the Lowlands of Scotland. Prior to the fifteenth century, the Anglic speech of the Lowlands was known as Inglis (“English”), with Gaelic being called Scottis (“Scottish”). From the late fifteenth century, however, it became increasingly common to refer to Scottish Gaelic as Erse (“Irish”) and the Lowland vernacular as Scottis.
4    Siigaay means “ocean” in the Haida language.”

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