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Happy Halloween!


Historical image, Brown Lady Ghost photo. Originally taken in 1936 by Captain Hubert C. Provand (Indre Shire Inc.), and published in the magazine ‘Countrylife’ in the same year – Wikipedia

Whether you’re partying it up, handing out candy, or shutting yourself indoors with some scary movies, I hope that you’re having a wonderful Halloween!  For any readers on the east coast, I hope that Sandy hasn’t caused too much damage in your area and that you’re able to enjoy this day in whatever way makes you happiest!

Now, I don’t know about you, but I am a HUGE fan of Dictionary.com and check out the site (and app) regularly.  They’re a wonderful resource to not only check yourself before you (eek!) improperly use a word in a sentence, but also to learn about the history of words, sayings, and beliefs.  Dictionary.com isn’t just a resource for definitions and synonyms, but also for some very intriguing cultural facts.

With that said, there have been a multitude of Halloween-related specials this week.  Today’s article, What is the precise difference between ghouls, goblins, and ghosts? is definitely worth checking out.  You might THINK that you know the differences, but, well, you might find yourself rather surprised…

And what did I learn today?  Well, I never knew that ghouls found children and corpses so irresistibly delectable.  Yikes!

Happy Halloween!

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Fun with words Friday! Fey

Fey was a dictionary.com word of the day this week (I have the App on my iPod and it’s awesome!).  As we already established earlier this week, I used to be quite fond of fairies, so I only knew of fey as being another word for fairies.  Well, apparently, it means much more than that…

fey – adjective

  1. British Dialect . doomed; fated to die.
  2. Chiefly Scot. appearing to be under a spell; marked by an apprehension of death, calamity, or evil.
  3. supernatural; unreal; enchanted: elves, fairies, and other fey creatures.
  4. being in unnaturally high spirits, as were formerly thought to precede death.
  5. whimsical; strange; otherworldly: a strange child with a mysterious smile and a fey manner.

Photo Source:  Roger Griffith, English: Fairfield cemetery garden gates, Monkton, Ayrshire, Scotland.

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