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”

Word of the Week: Dragon

The word dragon is a noun and defined as a mythical animal usually represented as a monstrous winged and scaly serpent or saurian with a crested head and enormous claws. First used in the 17th century, the term dragon derives from the Latin word draco or “serpent,” which is related to the ancient Greek termContinue reading “Word of the Week: Dragon”

Word of the Week: Cyclops

Cyclops is a noun and defined as a race of giants in Greek mythology with a single eye in the middle of the forehead. The word Cyclops derives from ancient Greek word Kyklōps, which can be broken down into kykl- or “circle” and ops or “eye,” so in English the term Cyclops translates into “CircleContinue reading “Word of the Week: Cyclops”

Word of the week: The wines series

Sangiovese is a red wine grape that originates in Italy. Today, it is the most grown red wine grape in Tuscany, but the grape originated from Southern Italy in the regions of Calabria and Sicily. The word Sangiovese derives its name from the Latin sanguis Jovis or “the blood of Jupiter’” due to its darkContinue reading “Word of the week: The wines series”

Word of the Week: Grappa

Grappa is a dry colorless brandy distilled from fermented grape pomace. Normally, served after dinner as a digestif, Grappa is made by distilling the skins, pulp, seeds, and stems from the leftovers of wine making.  The term Grappa derives from the Latin word grappapolis or bunch of grapes in English. Next time you enjoy aContinue reading “Word of the Week: Grappa”