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Sep 3, 2021
This week’s theme
Words with unusual pronunciations

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blackguard
cwm
victual
gunwale
sidhe

sidhe
Riders of the Sidhe, 1911
Art: John Duncan

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with Anu Garg

sidhe

PRONUNCIATION:
(shee)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A fairy.
2. The race of fairies.
3. A mound or hill where fairies are believed to live.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Irish sidh (fairy mound). Earliest documented use: 1724. Now you can see where banshee came from. A banshee is the anglicized spelling of bean sidhe (literally, woman of a fairyland).

USAGE:
“From cops to killers, from sidhe to ravens, Duff provides distinct voices to a wide cast of characters.”
Karen Toonen; The Absolute Book; The Booklist (Chicago, Illinois); May 1, 2021.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The old poets little knew what comfort they could be to a man. -Sarah Orne Jewett, poet and novelist (3 Sep 1849-1909)

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