|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » (Old) Weekly themes. (have been consolidated into a single forum above) » Words with unusual etymologies » Grail Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#94997 - 02/08/03 06:25 PM Grail
Though I learned the word "grail" from books I read when I was quite young, I never thought
until just now to look it up, to learn its pedigree. I was surprised to find it derives ultimately
5ME graal < OFr < ML gradalis, flat dish, cup < ? VL *cratalis < L crater, mixing bowl: see CRATER6 Medieval Legend the cup or platter used by Jesus at the Last Supper, and by Joseph of Arimathea to collect drops of Jesus‘ blood at the Crucifixion: the quest for the Grail, which disappeared, is treated in Malory‘s Morte Darthur, Wagner‘s Parsifal, etc. Also Holy Grail
#94998 - 02/09/03 10:40 PM Re: Grail
Loc: Rio Grande, Cape May County, N...
the quest for the Grail, which disappeared, is treated in Malory‘s Morte Darthur, Wagner‘s Parsifal, etc.
One can't leave Monty Python out of this equation, can one?
#94999 - 02/10/03 05:20 AM Re: Grail
formerly known as etaoin...
#95000 - 02/11/03 08:01 AM Re: Grail
The grail and Morte D'Arthur made me think of The Questing Beast Glatisant, so I did some questing and offer a link for those who may be interested.
This was the most informative of all the links I found.
I also came across references to the Lancelot-Vulgate and Post-Vulgate Quest for the Holy Grail legends - all new to me; looking in Amazon I was distressed by the prices for a translation of these works. I am amazed at not having come across them before. I have a good copy of Mallory but these predate him, seem to be better written than Geoffrey of Monmouth's even earlier work, and I lust after them!
#95001 - 02/11/03 08:57 AM Re: Grail
I was distressed
Does that mean you were also disheveled?
#95002 - 02/11/03 09:38 AM Re: Grail
I was quite tidy, but I was less than stinctly gusted. Ummm, not sure that's right.
Forum Stats 8862 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members uvulacig, wordola, ATurner, Gayu17, fastnana
8862 Registered Users
Who's Online 0 registered (), 30 Guests and 6 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
endymion6 81 LukeJavan8 73 wofahulicodoc 68 A C Bowden 49 May 27 Tromboniator 7 BranShea 3
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11613 tsuwm 10532 LukeJavan8 7579 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 wofahulicodoc 5927 of troy 5400
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith