The Umbrella, have you really given it much thought or just when it's raining. Quite frankly I was very thankful to God yesterday for giving someone, way back when, the wisdom to create it.
Did you know that the root word "umbrella" comes from the latin root word "umbra" meaning shade or shadow.
According the About.com the umbrella was invented over 4000 years ago to provide shade from the sun. Later the Chinese waterproofed it to provide protection from the rain.
The umbrella started to become popular in the western world during the 16th century and was considered only an accessory for women. Later Jonas Hanway started carrying an umbrella publicly in England for 30 years, he popularized the use of an umbrella among men. Many English gentlemen today refer to their umbrella as a Hanway.
An umbrella can also be known as a parasol. Where an umbrella is usually hand held and used to protect against the rain, the parasol is usually not waterproofed and is used for protection for the sun, "para" means stop or shield and "sol" means sun.
So there you have it, more information then you ever wanted about an item you probably only think about when you need it and are lucky if you can find it at the time.
Where's your umbrella/parasol?