Posted by: episystechpubs | January 29, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Let the games begin!

Good morning! If you are an employee who is lucky enough to go into the office each week and you are there today, you should be able to join in the Office Olympics!

I started out my email today ready to talk about a helpful hint for remembering when to use who or whom, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for that. Instead I will go off on a bit of a tangent to talk about the Olympic flag, in honor of the day’s festivities and the XXII Olympic Winter Games (Sochi), which begin on Friday, February 7, 2014.

The flag, as we know it now, is white with five interlocking rings. It was designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the co-founder of the modern Olympic Games. The reason for five rings? Each one represents the five continents that participated in the 1912 games: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia/Oceania, and America (North and South). Contrary to popular belief, the ring colors do not represent specific continents.

So what do the colors represent? The colors, including the white background, represent the colors of all of the nations’ flags at the time it was established. For example, the Swiss flag is red and white; the Greek flag is blue and white; the Kenyan flag is black, red, green, and white, etc. The intention was for this to be a true international symbol.

Though the Olympics originated in Greece, the motto is Latin. It was also provided by Baron de Coubertin in 1912 and reads: Citius, Altius, Fortius. In English, this means “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” Not quite the Six Million Dollar Man’s theme, but close.

Oh, and one more detail. In the ancient Olympics, winners received a wreath of olives, not a wreath of laurels. What else would you expect for a proud Greek Olympian?

Go forth this day and show us that you deserve the Office Olympics gold! (Or send me new subscribers for the Editor’s Corner by Friday and win the Editor’s Corner Amazon Gift Card [$25].)

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor


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