A to Z Challenge – W for Weird

Weird is a weird word.  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it means:
You may know today’s word as a generalized term describing something unusual, but weird also has older meanings that are more specific. Weird derives from the Old English noun wyrd, essentially meaning “fate.” By the 8th century, the plural wyrde had begun to appear in texts as a gloss for Parcae, the Latin name for the Fates—three goddesses who spun, measured, and cut the thread of life. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Scots authors employed werd or weird in the phrase “weird sisters” to refer to the Fates. William Shakespeare adopted this usage in Macbeth, in which the “weird sisters” are depicted as three witches. Subsequent adjectival use of weird grew out of a reinterpretation of the weird used by Shakespeare.

I admit I use weird a lot.  I am not a witch, but I do believe in fate.  When I was a kid, the term “weirdo” meant you were, what else?  Weird!  You know, nutty, flaky, odd, unusual, but not necessarily in a derogatory way.  When I use this word, it’s meant in fun, otherwise it would just be weird.😊



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4 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge – W for Weird

  1. Yes, when at school in London. We did the Scottish play. They were called the Wyrdes then. I seem to remember? What is somewhat weird, is that it is one of the few words that ” i before e except after c”. Does not apply. Don’t ask me for the others? There’s not too many. Weird. eh? Cheers Jamie.

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