Word of the Week Wednesday: widdershins

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: widdershins

Widdershins means counter-clockwise or opposite the apparent path of the sun.

In superstition, it is considered an unlucky direction in which to move.

I remember first encountering the word in a book called The Encyclopedia of Superstitions by Richard Webster.

It struck me at the time as quaintly old-fashioned and quasi-mystical (maybe it was the reading material).

More recently, I’ve been reminded of the word when reading Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.  On the Discworld, which is obviously flat and disc-shaped, direction is related not in North, South, East and West but in Hubwise, Rimwise, Turnwise and Widdershins.


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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