Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Abaddon

Abaddon is an old world which can either mean hell or a place of destruction, or be used to suggest an unpleasant angel or a devil.

I'd try to keep both at a safe distance, if I were you.


25 comments:

  1. Hi Patsy - Abaddon .. lovely word: that gargoyle looks to be on the ground .. ohterwise run baby run! Cheers Hilary

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    1. As far as I can remember he was quite high up, Hilary.

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  2. 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.

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    1. It's not easy to drop it into casual conversation, Misha.

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  3. Yikes! Please tell me this is man made and not a fossil!

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    1. I'd assumed it was man made, Maggie - now you've got me wondering!

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  4. Linguistically, I wonder if its related to Armageddon.

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    1. Oh, I don't know, Mac. I wonder if Google does? Hang on ...

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    2. Hmmm, both seem to come from Hebrew and to be biblical, so it looks like you're right.

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  5. It sounds as though it might derive from "a bad 'un" ?? Good word, Patsy.

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    1. It does, Frances - or maybe that phrase comes from the word?

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  6. Great word and not one I have heard before. Should it ever creep up on me unexpectedly though, I will be sure to run.

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    1. I favour the backing away slowly methid of escape, Joss - but as long as we get away I don't suppose it matters much.

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    1. 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.

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  8. It is also, fittingly enough, the name of a character on the TV show Supernatural. A demon, of course.

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    1. It's a good name for a baddy, Linda.

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    2. Also used for a supernatural baddie on 'Torchwood'

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    3. Didn'y know that, Pauline - not seen it for a long time.

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  9. And what a wonderful illustration you've found for it!

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