Saturday, October 20, 2018

Fact of the Day: Ye Olde Ghost

The English word ghost was morphed from the Old English word gast which meant "soul" or "spirit". The German word geist also came from an much older Germanic root word. 

8 comments:

  1. And geistlich in German can still mean "spiritual" in a religious sense. How efficient of the Germanic language family to use what's basically just one word to cover so many things that aren't real.

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  2. Makes me think of the Gormenghast fantasy novels.

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  3. All these ghost stories make me wonder sometimes. My father was very sensitive to ghosts and spirits. Lots of ghost stories haunting my family history on both sides. Still, despite the stories shared by people I love and respect, I've never seen one and don't believe in them. All the best to you, my friend!

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  4. A house haunted by souls just isn't as scary-sounding, no matter what the etymology.

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  5. I didn't know that. Interesting!

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