English is actually my second language, my first language is Afrikaans. The University of Pretoria, where I study and work, is a bilingual institution. Which offers all courses in both languages.

And as one should do at an institution of learning, I learned something very interesting about my favorite subject. And about my home language no less! In Afrikaans “Philosophy” is “Wysbegeerte“. Which directly translates as a “desire for wisdom”. Now, isn’t that simply wonderful?

Although in modern speech we’ve watered the concept down and use a direct translation from English: “Filosofie“. But I’m using the pretty name instead.

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