flapdoodle

Pronounced: FLAP-doo-dull, noun

Notes: You can probably guess this word, but I couldn’t admit that I knew it, so it’s been added


Yesterday’s word

The word Beltane is the Celtic May Day festival

Background

This word has been spelled “beltene”, “belltaine”, and “beltine”: it’s earliest mention was in an old Irish dictionary, attributed to Cormac, a king a bishop. Per my notes, the ancient Celts, this was a critical time when the boundaries between the human and supernatural worlds blurred and people took special measures to protect themselves against enchantments. There is a Beltane fire festival that derives from a spring ritual in which cattle were herded between two bonfires to protect them against evil and disease.

First usage

This word goes back to around the year 1000.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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