Ebola, Islamic State, European economic wobbles, public shootings, midterm election campaign advertisements–don’t panic, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Nor are we ever with panic, if we consider its etymology. Today, we might think of panic as a kind of fear, but originally it characterized fear: sudden, wild fear was called panic fear.
It’s time to hop aboard the Word Watch, and this week, you can get a third off the article if you present your #Avocard – only if you, um, read it before Tuesday next. It’s official. We’ve reached peak portmanteau. And peak hashtag. And peak avocado. And all in one scheme by Virgin Trains: Or have we? This week, the UK’s National Rail released ‘millennial’ railcards discounting most fares by a third for people age 26-30. But with only 10,000 available, the cards quickly sold out.
This past week has been a kind of High Holidays of etymological trivia. Pi Day inevitably makes us hungry for actual pie, apparently named for the piebald magpie. March 15th marks the Ides of March, which has all bewaring, quoting Shakespeare, and wondering, “Why isn’t the ‘Ide‘ of March anyways?”Then, we have St. Patrick’s Day, which I’m celebrating way out in Ballina, a charming river town in County Mayo, with some Irish language contributions to English (trousers!) and, ah, sure, some whiskey.
@SnoozeInBrief You make a good point. While a binge makes it easier to follow (as much as one 'follows' Twin Peaks), it does deny one the fun of speculation and reflection. It's also just nice and good form to savor things in an immediate-gratification age.
Whoa: the word 'need' could also mean 'violence' or 'force' in Old English, speculated to be from a Proto-Indo-European root meaning 'death' and thought to supply the 'nar-' in 'narwhal' (Old Norse, 'corpse-whale', for its color).
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