Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Goblin nightmares

Did you know the -mare in "nightmare" meant goblin?

I'll bet whoever came up with these guys did:
(that is a big squig)

The Indo-European roots section of my desk dictionary (AH4) also tells me that the root mer- is also the source of, PREMORSE (an awesome word I didn't know--shame it doesn't mean 'regretting something before you do even it'), AMARANTH, MORBID, and possible MURDER, FOMORIAN, and MANTICORE.

Not to mention MURRAIN and MORTGAGE.

Have I mentioned that I love dictionaries?

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