Meaning: Fate, destiny, particular in an Anglo-Saxon or Norse context.
Etymology: From Old English wyrd.
Pronunciation: weird or word
Usage in a sentence: “Don’t blame your destiny. Blame wyrd.”
The reason I selected this word for today’s post is quite ingenious. My theme is #WeirdWords , and the word ‘weird’ is derived from ‘wyrd’! How cool is that? 😀
Let’s get back to the topic before I start gushing about my fabulusness.
According to Wikipedia,
Wyrd is a term for concepts roughly corresponding to those of fate or destiny but involving complex interactions of universal necessity and individual choice within a cosmos beyond any fixed notions or concepts of mortal minds.
Basically, ‘wyrd’ means fate or destiny, but it means something more than that. It also includes the power that we have in ourselves to decide our destiny. No, I’m not talking about that “Power of your Mind” thing. I’m talking about the basic things that make a great difference in your life.
A simple example: You usually cross the road near the bakery, but today decided to cross the road from the junction. And you got hit by a scooter. (I do not wish this upon anyone *covers mouth* *hides face*). You can’t really blame destiny entirely for getting your bones cracked. You were, in a way, responsible for your own life! Weird, isn’t it?
As I mentioned earlier, wyrd is the ancestor of the more modern ‘weird’, which before it meant ‘odd or unusual’, carried connotations of the supernatural. A popular example is the Weird Sisters in Macbeth. The original Wyrd Sisters were of course, the three Norns, the Norse Goddesses of destiny. However, they are not related to the Greek fates. Weird again!
Today’s question is: Share a weird experience,something that made you blame destiny for it.
Information sourced at Octavia Randolph’s website.