Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Celebrate Halloween by Grabbing a...Turnip?

Well, today is Halloween, and it just so happens that the Estonian word for Halloween is my favourite word in the whole wide world. Hingedeöö, the word in question, is pronounced: Hing geh deh eugh. (Actually, this is a terrible description, but it took me a long time to figure out the öö portion and that's the best I can do.) It's incredibly Swedish Chef-ish, with an Estonian - and somewhat evil - bent. Love it.

I'll leave you with some trivia about Halloween (you'll have to scroll down a little): http://wilstar.com/holidays/hallown.htm. The highlight? Definitely:

"The Irish used turnips as their "Jack's lanterns" originally. But when the immigrants came to America, they found that pumpkins were far more plentiful than turnips. So the Jack-O-Lantern in America was a hollowed-out pumpkin, lit with an ember. "

Happy Hingedeöö, and be glad we don't all have to hollow out a bunch of turnips.

:)

Maia

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