words of the world 3-torsdag/donnerstag

Tonight is going to have to be a quick post, simply because i’m a little tired and have to get up early tomorrow…but i would feel guilty if I didn’t write considering i’ve been away a whole three days. So simply because I can do these quicker than a piece of poetry, i’m doing number three of my ‘words of the world’ series. I have two words for you today-one German and one Swedish.
Donnerstag/Torsdag.
I wonder how many of you readers have ever wondered ‘where do the names of the week come from? Why is friday friday? Why is thursday thursday? They do all have very interesting roots, but i’m just looking at thursday tonight. The root of this wonderfully interesting word comes from the nordic God legends. I’m sure most of you will have heard of the angry thunder-toting God thor? It is Thor that thursday is named after. If you look at thor, then see the swedish word for thursday ‘torsdag’, you can see it really is the day of thor. Now, i have the german word for thursday, ‘donnerstag’ up here too because it shows very clearly the development of the word. The german word ‘donner’ means ‘thunder’. So the day of thor became the day of thunder; Thor’s trusty tool for releasing anger. Personally i use a stressball for that and thunder seems a little over the top, but nevermind-i’m no God.
So there’s my fun word of the world fact for today.
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The thunder and lightning
The thunder and lightning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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