What barn stars mean is open to interpretation
Most everyone has heard of the superstitious meanings and talismanic powers associated with Pennsylvania Dutch barn stars ... in which he likely confused the Pennsylvania German word for six-sided -- sexafoos -- with the word for witches foot -- hexafoos.
The Mad Logophile: Words That Have Changed Their Meaning, Part 1
From the Latin saltus, "leap." Last once had the meaning of "highest, utmost." The sweet-smelling lavender maybe wasn't so sweet-smelling originally as it was a word for "laundress." Lavender got its name from the custom of adding it to the laundry.
The QWERTY Effect: How Typing May Shape the Meaning of Words
See note below. A keyboard?s arrangement could have a small but significant impact on how we perceive the meaning of words we type. Specifically, the QWERTY keyboard may gradually attach more positive meanings to words with more letters located on the ...
For the Pennsylvania Dutch, a Long Tradition Fades
LENHARTSVILLE, Pa., July 15 ? Eric A. Claypoole chases ghosts, and when he catches them he paints them into life. ?It?s how we take back tradition,? Mr. Claypoole said, recounting with boyish glee the one he spotted on the side of a barn ...
Alcohol, drugs, trendy clothes: Can this be Amish country?
A chance to choose Rumspringa is a Pennsylvania Dutch word meaning "running around." For the Old Order Amish, Rumspringa begins at age 16 and ends when the individual agrees to be baptized and to abide by the unwritten rules, the ordnung ...