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17 September 2012 @ 11:25 pm
Word of the Day - Futhark  
futhark  \FOO-thahrk\  noun
: any of several alphabets used by the Germanic peoples from about the 3d to the 13th centuries — called also the runic alphabet

The word "futhark" describes an alphabet originally of 24 and later of some 16 angular characters. It is suspected to be derived from both Latin and Greek and was used for inscriptions and magic signs by the Germanic peoples, and especially by the Scandinavians and Anglo-Saxons, from about the third to the 13th centuries. The spelling "futhark" is from the first six symbols of the runic alphabet: f, u, th, a, r, k. The alphabet did, however, encounter revision of letters over time resulting in the variants "futhorc" and "futhork."
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Seancudubh on September 18th, 2012 11:41 am (UTC)
My Director of Nursing (I about put DON, but saw where that could lead to confusion) does a word of the day at the morning stand up. I get most of them because I can break the word down. But when he brought Futhark, I said: " Are you kidding me? This is the one word I could expound upon for quite some time!" and trust me, I tried. I got weird looks...again.
eithnieithni on September 18th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
Heh. Pharmacy nerd. I know the difference between a Don and a DON. ;)

There are medieval-geek words often enough, I strongly suspect they have an SCAnerd or similar on staff. :)
nearlyvalkyrie: Trevinearlyvalkyrie on September 19th, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
happy word-geeky moment! I <3 my highly literate friends :-)

Yes, I looked at that title, thought to myself "Futark...isn't that the runic writing alphabet?..." YAY!