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.
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 ...
Escapes: Hunting for ?hex signs? in Pennsylvania Dutch country
I wanted to see distelfinks. But they were hard to find. In Pennsylvania Dutch country, the distelfink ? a goldfinch that eats thistle seeds and builds thistledown nests ? is a good-luck bird. It also symbolizes smooth sailing and tranquility and is ...
Lehigh Man Finds 1890s Dialect Dictionary . . . But Word Comes Of Earlier Version
The 1895 manual is divided into four sections: pronunciation, literature, a Pennsylvania-German-to-English dictionary and an English-to-Pennsylvania-German dictionary. It includes both the Pennsylvania German and the German meanings. In the back are ...
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 ...