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Woden’s Day

By Debra Dobbins

March has flown by, and so has its final full week. It’s already Wednesday, aka Woden’s Day or Odin’s Day.

“Woden” is an Old English variant spelling of Odin, a powerful Norse god whose name eventually became part of the English way of classifying time. (The Vikings repeatedly invaded the British Isles.)

In Old English, it was Wodens dæg. (Yes, the “a” and “e” should be squished together.) Eventually, the word morphed to Wednesday.

The name of Odin’s son, Thor, also contributed to the name of a weekday. (For more on Thor, see entry of Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.)

Photo special to the Sentinel

Odin, sculpted bronze figure by Lee Lawrie. Door detail, east entrance, Library of Congress John Adams Building, Washington, D.C.
Caption and photo courtesy of Wikipedia

 

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