Word of the Week – Hallow

For those of you who know this word courtesy of J.K. Rowling, this in an interesting article.

And does anyone else remember Ethel Hallow, Mildred Hubble’s Draco Malfoy in the Worst Witch Books? And I mean back in the day when Tim Curry was in the film that was played every Halloween?

More commonly it’s chanted in assemblies across the country as part of the Lord’s Prayer. God’s name is hallowed.  Despite the association with witches, wizards and warlocks the ‘hallowed be thy name’ line comes closest to the meaning of the word. It means to revere or consider holy. Origins are from the Middle English halwen.

So, yes, Halloween is sacred or holy evening.  Now, I’m off to carve a pumpkin.


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