Hi Patsy - Abaddon .. lovely word: that gargoyle looks to be on the ground .. ohterwise run baby run! Cheers Hilary
As far as I can remember he was quite high up, Hilary.
I've always liked this word. It has a nice rhythm to it. It's sad that I don't really get a chance to use it.
It's not easy to drop it into casual conversation, Misha.
I will keep my distance.
Probably wise, Alex.
Yikes! Please tell me this is man made and not a fossil!
I'd assumed it was man made, Maggie - now you've got me wondering!
Linguistically, I wonder if its related to Armageddon.
Oh, I don't know, Mac. I wonder if Google does? Hang on ...
Hmmm, both seem to come from Hebrew and to be biblical, so it looks like you're right.
It sounds as though it might derive from "a bad 'un" ?? Good word, Patsy.
It does, Frances - or maybe that phrase comes from the word?
Great word and not one I have heard before. Should it ever creep up on me unexpectedly though, I will be sure to run.
I favour the backing away slowly methid of escape, Joss - but as long as we get away I don't suppose it matters much.
Twinned with Abingdon?
I couldn't possibly say, Stuart ...
I love gargoyles. :)
Me too, Chrys although *pedantry alert* this is a grotesque, not a gargoyle. The difference is that water (usually rain) can run through a gargoyle and out of its mouth whereas grotesques are solid.
It is also, fittingly enough, the name of a character on the TV show Supernatural. A demon, of course.
It's a good name for a baddy, Linda.
Also used for a supernatural baddie on 'Torchwood'
Didn'y know that, Pauline - not seen it for a long time.
And what a wonderful illustration you've found for it!
Thanks so much for commenting!