Word of the Week Wednesday: Eldritch

This Wednesday’s word is: Eldritch.

The word means eerie, weird or spooky.  That alone is reason for me to like it.

Like many eerie, weird or spooky things, eldritch comes from Old English.  It’s made up of either el- meaning foreign or ælph meaning elf and rice meaning kingdom or realm.  So it would mean either foreign realm or elf realm; either one could be considered weird or eerie.

I’ve often also gotten the sense of mystical and old or hidden from the word, which would fit with an elf land.

Eldritch is often used in association with the works of H. P. Lovecraft, specifically his Cthulhu Mythos where we get the phrase: Eldritch Abomination.


About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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