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An elf is a nightmare?

Webster's World College Dictionary--

elf (elf) n., pl. elves (elvz) {ME< OE aelf, akin to OHG alb (Ger, nightmare), prob., IE base *albho-, white> L albus, white: prob. basic sense "whitish figure" (in the mist) 1 Folklore a tiny, often prankish imaginary being in human form, supposedly exercising magic powers and haunting woods and hills, sprite 2. a small child or being, esp. a mischievous one--elf'like' adj.

Or that a nightmare is an evil spirit?

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nightmare (nit'mer')n. {ME nihtmare: see Night & mare3} 1 orig, an evil spirit believed to haunt and suffocate sleeping people 2 a frightening dream, often accompanied by a sensation of oppression and helplessness 3 any experience like a nightmare in its frightening or oppressing aspects --night'mar'ish adj.


Or that Santa Claus was called a jolly ole elf?

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Mare3 (mar, mer) n. {ME< OE, akin to Ger dial. mahr, ON mar< IE "mora, incubus < base *mer-, to rub, seize> Gr marainein, to quench, OIr meirb, lifeless, OE mearu, soft} {Obs.} an evil spirit once thought to produce nightmares
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F8... shame on you! Didn't I ask you not to mess with my Santa or you and I would meet at the punching rig?
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Seriously though, I do have a few points to make concerning your research in the dictionary!

1. Santa: I can't believe that you haven't heard that, in the European tradition, Santa Clause (St. Nickolas) was a faithful and charitable man who divided his fortune among the poor. The story about St. Nick's poor neighbour's daughters, who had hang their stockings out to dry and each found a ball of gold in it the next day, is renowned
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So, what Santa represents for us is the spirit of kindeness, charity and love. The little tales woven around Santa depending on each country's folklor are not anything more than that. Folklore.

2. I am sure you must realise, when reading a dictionary, that all the explanations of the words contained in there are taken from what the people, in the country of the word's origin, meant by it. So when -to use a simple example- you read: Santa=old elf, it only means that SOME people in SOME cultures call him that! It does NOT mean that he actually IS an elf. Old or otherwise!...
Using another example of the words you mentioned the dictionary says that a <night mare> was BELIEVED to be an evil spirit; it does not say it WAS one! And so on...

So yes, a dictionary is useful but one has to be careful how one uses it. Because it can leed you astray! Right?
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ofthe Father8 wrote:

An elf is a nightmare?

Webster's World College Dictionary--

elf (elf) n., pl. elves (elvz) {ME< OE aelf, akin to OHG alb (Ger, nightmare), prob., IE base *albho-, white> L albus, white: prob. basic sense "whitish figure" (in the mist) 1 Folklore a tiny, often prankish imaginary being in human form, supposedly exercising magic powers and haunting woods and hills, sprite 2. a small child or being, esp. a mischievous one--elf'like' adj.



It really depends on the location. Most western Europe cultures describe elves as nature spirits who become vengeful if provoked or if nature is screwed around with, but other than that keep to themselves. In some societies, yes, they are malevolent toward humans. Mostly, however, they're just mischevious and annoying.

Most people don't even know what makes an elf different from all the other faeries, and for that reason they tend to get them confused, or substitute the title for another branch which remains unclassified to them. However, as per the craziness of the English language in its ever-changing state, the dictionary has to put ALL the meanings of the words in print. However, you missed something when you read this entry: the word "aelf" is akin to the German alb, meaning "nightmare". That doesn't mean that an aelf IS a nightmare, merely that the two words are related.

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Ahlyssah wrote:

However, you missed something when you read this entry: the word "aelf" is akin to the German alb, meaning "nightmare". That doesn't mean that an aelf IS a nightmare, merely that the two words are related.



Exactly! This just describes the possible origins of the word, going back to medieval or even older times. It doesn't say a lot about the meaning given to it today.

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... that taking St. John's wort can have unexpected side effects?


Using St. John's wort can lead to a surprise pregnancy
St. John's wort is a common name for an herb called Hypericum perforatum. In folk medicine, St. John's wort has been used to treat wounds, as well as kidney and lung problems. Today, some people believe St. John's wort can help treat depression. But doctors say there is some evidence that St. John's wort interacts with estrogens and oral contraceptives and that the combination may be associated with intermenstrual bleeding. A health agency in Sweden, similar to the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, reports two women became pregnant while taking St. John's wort while on oral contraceptives.



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Lavender induces labor! Creepy, huh? Better check that boquet you're giving your wife . . .

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Since we are on things botanical...if you eat the plant "purslane" (or "purslaine" - either sp. goes-) in your salad you get to talk like a motor mouth!...I bet you didn't know THAT!... Did ya? emoticon

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Definbachia (spelling likely WAY off) does the exact opposite; if you squeeze out the juices, and slip it into somebody's drink, they will be temporarily incapable of speech.

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C Berenice wrote:

Since we are on things botanical...if you eat the plant "purslane" (or "purslaine" - either sp. goes-) in your salad you get to talk like a motor mouth!...I bet you didn't know THAT!... Did ya? emoticon



CB, i wish u posted this in battle of the sexes. emoticon

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beavis wrote:CB, i wish u posted this in battle of the sexes. emoticon

Granted... but then, everybody found it so funny and they laughed so hard, that peace was finally achieved and there was no more battle of the sexes- ever!... Oooops, I think this belongs to another topic... emoticon emoticon

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beavis wrote:CB, i wish u posted this in battle of the sexes. emoticon

Granted... but then, everybody found it so funny and they laughed so hard, that peace was finally achieved and there was no more battle of the sexes- ever!... Oooops, I think this belongs to another topic... emoticon emoticon




Only think it belongs in another subject...


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It can take some men several days before which they can achieve another orgasm, but women are ready for a second helping just seconds after their first.

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Several days? Several DAYS????? emoticon
What kind of sample did those results come from, psychiatric patients on thorazine?
Geeez.... emoticon

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 emoticon emoticon emoticon I take it you are... objecting, GK?...

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Most vehemently, my dear emoticon
You know, i read last week a nice editorial about how most women always keep bitcin that "there aren't any true men left"... Well, the writer of the editorial had a splendid idea: To take some of those anorgasmic, neurotic old maids with him on a soccer stadium on a Sunday, and present them to about 30,000 screaming, yelling men, asking for "volunteers", if you get my meaning emoticon That should make for a very fast attitude adjustment

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Several days? Several DAYS????? emoticon
What kind of sample did those results come from, psychiatric patients on thorazine?
Geeez.... emoticon



Nope, just the AP Psychology text book (hey, if I have to suffer through the freakin' exam in two months, I may as well find some use for the knowledge).

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Well, then the book is lying to make you feel better emoticon

good luck in your exams :)

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Hisssssssssssssssss . . . emoticon

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...throws a fishstick and a stuffed mouse to Ahlyssa and then runs and hides emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Oh, that's low. I the very least you could have spelled my name right.

Here's a fun one:

Did you know that high fructose corn syrup, a prominent ingrediant in many foods, especially soda, reduces the production of leptin, a hormone that tells you you're full? And they wonder why obesity is on the rise . . .

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...that 95.73% of statistics are made up on the spot? emoticon

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A starfish can turn its stomach inside out. (i think its a fact, i found it on a fact website.)

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a broken clock is acurate at last twice a day

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Generalley Cool wrote:

A starfish can turn its stomach inside out. (i think its a fact, i found it on a fact website.)



You know, I don't think that it's exactly that they can turn their stomache inside-out; I think they can send their stomachs out of their bodies.
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Did you know that laboratory testing has been found to cause cancer in rats? NO JOKE!

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