Posts tagged ‘Anglo-Saxon’

December 3, 2013


The name for mistletoe comes from the fact that mistletoe tends to spring from bird droppings that have fallen on trees, with the seeds having passed through the digestive tract of the birds.  At the time the plant was given this name, the people didn’t know anything about that, but had observed that mistletoe seemed to spring into existence from bird droppings on trees, thus “mistle” or “missel”, which meant basically “dung”, and “toe”, which came from the Anglo-Saxon “tan” meaning “twig”;  hence, mistletoe is another way to essentially say “poop twig”.


October 28, 2013


The word “witch” comes from the old Anglo-Saxon word “wicca” meaning “wise one”.  The earliest witches were respected dealers in charms, medical herbs and fortune telling.