Freaky Friday: The Magic of Words

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And don’t tell me I’m loosing touch with reality. I might fall off my unicorn.

You might find today’s post is completely left field, but I can’t help it. I was never a cool kid. I was a closet goth and a nerd. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Being popular is a bore. Long live the weirdoes and the outcasts! We are the artists and the magic makers :). As a self appointed weirdo, my interests can border on the bizarre. But one really fab thing about having your own blog is you don’t need to apologize to anyone for your weirdness. You can revel in it. So on today’s weird and wonderful topic…

I was listening to something on YouTube that changed the way I think about the English language. Did you know that in English, the word “grammar” comes from the word “grimoire” which is a book of spells? I can’t explain why exactly, but this completely blows my mind. I always knew that words had magic, but up until this point, I didn’t really realize to what extent. As someone who likes to write, and someone who majored in literature, I feel like I understand the power of words more than most people… but wow! Words really DO have magic. And isn’t it interesting that as children we go to grammar school to learn how to “spell”? Is that not crazy?!? So, this means when we spell words, we create magic. We are conjuring thoughts into existence. Does that not make you want to pick up a pen and start writing?

Back in the day reading and writing was shrouded in mystery. Only a few knew how. To the superstitious masses, books contained things that they knew nothing about, and knowledge was something that frightened them. A lot has changed, but a lot has also stayed the same. We are living in a culture where, even though we pretend to stress education, we are dumbing ourselves down at the most alarming rate. Instead of delving into the magic of words, we are sidetracked by celebrity and glamour.

And speaking of that, can you guess what other word comes from  the word “grimoire”? Glamour! In the olden days it meant “enchantment” (and not in a good way). Before the 1800s, it meant using occult practices to bewitch someone. Kind of makes you think, no?

Here’s another good one: one of the most elementary spells for magic  is “abracadabra.” It comes from Hebrew and it means, “I create what I speak.”

I don’t know exactly what my point is, I just find this topic exceedingly interesting. Magic or not, I know for sure that words have tremendous power. They aren’t just sounds. They create and destroy. Use them wisely.

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. –Nathaniel Hawthorne

14 Comments

  1. Wow, this is great food for thought. I hadn’t heard of the word grimoire and its meaning. Fabulous share, Caroline. It reminded me of one of my favorite books by Sarah Ban Breathnach called Romancing the Ordinary. She writes a great deal about magic in meditation, thought, spells and powers.

    I agree that words are very powerful. Put them together to tell a truth and watch the reaction…it can be devastating.

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  2. I don’t think you are weird at all . I love this post. I love words and they are powerful, “more powerful than a two edged sword…”said someone more eloquent and smarter than I. I think I particularly love words because I am bi-lingual. I love the meanings and origins of words. The words being thrown around during the circus we are calling a national election have been horrifying and truly stressing me out. One cannot make a comment let alone put a bumper sticker on a car without fear of personal harm.

    I prefer words that encourage, enlighten and lift up. I prefer words that take me to other places. I prefer words of discovery and meaning and passion and yes love.

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  3. Absolutely fascinating.
    I wasn’t aware of the grammar/grimoire link. And am chuckling at learning to spell and its double meanings.
    Reading enriches my world in so many ways. Probably the best gift I was ever given.
    And whoever it was that coined the phrase ‘sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me’ was (charitably speaking) an idiot.
    Like most people I carry some word induced scars.

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  4. Wonderfully weird. Gorgeously Gothic. I love the weirdos best of all and this is freaking fascinating. Language has so many mysteries and treasures. Did a linguistics paper in my undergrad degree and was surprised how fascinating I found it xxx.

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