Word of the Week: Ghoul

Ghoul is a noun and defined as a legendary evil being that robs graves and feeds on corpses. The term ghoul derives from the Arabic word ghūl or “to seize.” In Arabic, the word ghoul also refers to a greedy or gluttonous individual.  It wasn’t until 1786 when the term ghoul was first referenced inContinue reading “Word of the Week: Ghoul”

Word of the week: Sphinx

The word Sphinx is a noun and defined as a winged female monster in Greek mythology having a woman’s head and a lion’s body and noted for killing anyone unable to answer its riddle. The word Sphinx derives from the Greek word Σφίγξ, which is linked to the Greek word σφίγγω or sphingein defined asContinue reading “Word of the week: Sphinx”

Word of the Week: Gorgan

Gorgon is a noun and defined as any of three snake-haired sisters in Greek mythology whose appearance turns the beholder to stone. The term Gorgon derives from the Ancient Greek word gorgós meaning grim or dreadful. The term gorgós comes from the same root word as the Sanskrit word garjana meaning guttural sound. Gorgons areContinue reading “Word of the Week: Gorgan”

Word of the Week: Leprechaun

Leprechaun is a noun and defined as a mischievous elf of Irish folklore usually believed to reveal the hiding place of treasure if caught. The term leprechaun was first used in the early 1600’s, the term derives from the Irish word lupracan or “a very small body.” The term lupracan can be broken down intoContinue reading “Word of the Week: Leprechaun”

Word of the Week: Warlock

Warlock is a noun and defined as a man practicing the black arts. First used in the 14th century, the term warlock comes from the Old English term wǣrloga meaning “one that breaks faith.” The term wǣrloga can be broken down into the words wǣr and -loga, which in modern English translates to faith andContinue reading “Word of the Week: Warlock”

Word of the Week: Witch

The word witch is a noun and defined as a person (especially a woman) who is credited with having usually malignant supernatural powers. First used in the 16th century, the term witch derives from the Old English word wicca, which is akin to the Middle High German term wicken. The original term did not differentiateContinue reading “Word of the Week: Witch”

Word of the Week: Mermaid

Mermaid is a noun and defined as a fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish. First used in the 14th century, the term mermaid derives from the Middle English terms mere and mayde, which means “sea” and “maid,” respectively.  Similar to the mythical creatureContinue reading “Word of the Week: Mermaid”

Word of the Week: Fairy

Fairy is a noun and defined as a mythical being of folklore and romance usually having diminutive human form and magic powers. First used in the 14th century, the term Fairy derives from the Early Modern English faerie or “land of the faes.” The term faeries comes from the Latin word fata or “fates” inContinue reading “Word of the Week: Fairy”