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:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

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

Misha Gericke said...

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.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I will keep my distance.

Maggie May said...

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

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Linguistically, I wonder if its related to Armageddon.

Frances Garrood said...

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

Joss said...

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

Anonymous said...

Twinned with Abingdon?

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

Probably wise, Alex.

Patsy said...

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

Chrys Fey said...

I love gargoyles. :)

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

I couldn't possibly say, Stuart ...

Patsy said...

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.

Linda G. said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Jenny Woolf said...

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

Pauline cahill said...

Also used for a supernatural baddie on 'Torchwood'

Patsy said...

Thanks, Jenny.

Patsy said...

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