Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fact of the Day: Odin's Day

Wednesday's name comes from Wodan, more commonly known in Western World as the Germanic counterpart of the Norse god Odin. In some other European languages the day is named after the Roman god Mercury. Such as miércoles in Spanish, and mercredi in French. 

27 comments:

MEcoy said...

indeed the FACT OF THE DAY!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Very interesting!

Unknown said...

Another I never knew

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

Whew, he's one scary God!

Karen Baldwin said...

Interesting. Wonder what Jueves is for?

Christine said...

Interesting.

DEZMOND said...

hail Odin

Sunday Visitor said...

Such an interesting fact!

Pilar Domínguez said...

Very interesting, Adam!! I didn´t know about this origin . Kisses:)

Unknown said...

Very intretsing.

Have a nice day,

Nicole

www.nicoleta.me

Adam said...

Jupiter

Craver Vii said...

I like these facts of the day. Odin looks here a bit like Gandalf the Grey, don't you think?

Powdered Toast Man said...

I thought the name came from the daughter of the Addams Family

Julie Ann Lozada said...

nice to know that... thanks for sharing!

Munir said...

Thanks for the info - -, very interesting.

Dana said...

Something else I didn't learn in Spanish class... ;)

Theresa Mahoney said...

That's kind of a scary looking dude Wednesday is named for.

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Elisabeth said...

Cool, I love every detail I can learn about Norse mythology since it still affects my country very much. We have many traditions and ways of thinking that have their roots in Norse mythology, as well as our epic Kalevala, which functioned as a source of inspiration even for J.R.R. Tolkien.
Thank you for your comment on my blog!

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E from Helsinki
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MRanthrope said...

wow. That is actually really cool lil bit of trivia to know.

Fundy Blue said...

Very cool, Adam!

The Offender said...

Odin traded one of his eyes for all the wisdom in the world. How bad do you think his buyer's remorse was?

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

good to learn that!
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The Yum List said...

I love learning about the origins of words. There's so much history intertwined.

Adam said...

either that or a homeless Dumbledore

Adam said...

since I suffer from Amblyopia my left eye is useless, and I obviously have a lot of wisdom and knowledge. Which brings me to only one conclusion: I am Odin!

Kay said...

So a bunch of the days of the week were named after Norse gods? What fun to know.