Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wednesday WOLF

The winner of the MONSTRUMOLOGIST book giveaway was Masako Moonshade! Everyone else has to... you know... use your local library!

I'm a nerd. No really, stop, BBC! You!?! Yes, I'm in fact such a big nerd that I tend to look up word origins in my spare time because I'm fascinated by our language. The odder the origin, the better. I've got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications.

In any case, I thought I'd share some of this random crap with you in the form of the new acronym-ific series. I give you - Word Origins from Left Field - that's right, the WOLF (oh, how clever is she? She made an acronym out of her agency's name!) Er... ignore the fact that the "from" doesn't fit.

Ever knock on wood? It's getting harder and harder to do these days, as most furniture doesn't have a bit of tree in it. Fortunately for me I've got an old house so full of trees I'm able to get crazy and knock on wood with my head, if I feel it's appropriate.

But why do we do that? What's the origin of that phrase and action?

Many ancient cultures believed in nature spirits, and most agree that tree spirits are the bomb. Even Germans (and hey, we're kind of a dark people - ever read the REAL Cinderella?) have a kind tree spirit - the Waldgeist. In moments of fear or trepidation, people would knock on trees to wake up the good spirits for protection or good luck.

So now you know. Next time you're feeling beset, hit the beech.

4 comments:

Kathryn Elliott said...

"Hit the beech.: Giggle, snort, giggle.

Laura Barnes said...

Hello, fellow WrAHM. I gave you two awards on my blog today, FYI.

Caitlin said...

Haha I think my neighbors will be making a few phone calls when they see me outside letting it loose on a tree.

Mindy McGinnis said...

Kathryn - thanks for "getting" me. Also, just as a measure of my OCD the illustration is in fact, a beech.

Laura - Hey WRAHM'er! Hitting up the blog now!

Caitlin - Let 'em call, and when the cops come just explain that you're trying to release the good spirits inside. It will totally exonerate you from any wrongdoing :)