11.11.2010

Am I a grumpy, old hag?

That is one of my concerns in life.

Okay. False.

The potential of me turning into a grumpy, old hag is one of my concerns in life.

Okay. False.

Sometimes I joke about becoming a grumpy, old hag to others {with no actual fear or belief I will ever turn into one}, even with the dangerous equation of Old + Unmarried = High Probability of Hagness.

It was upon considering this possibility with Camille Nelson Brown the other day that I realized, I might not even, to its entirety, know what the word hag means ... with a minor fear it could entail characteristics of a lady of the night {to put it as nicely as I can}.

Imagine my surprise when I came to a little website commonly known as Wikipedia and was informed that a hag was, "a wizened old woman, or a kind of fairy or goddess having the appearance of such a woman."

Uhm. Was that ever your idea of a hag? Because it wasn't mine. And at that moment any concerns of me one day becoming one, or the idea of me even joking of becoming one were shot down. After all, I am doubtful that I am going to sprout wings anytime soon, I don't sparkle {but my new eye shadow does}, and I don't own even a smidgen of fairy dust.

However, that thought only lasted for a moment, being the educated and extremely literate woman that I am, I continued reading. Apparently my view of a hag came from the shortened version of the Old English term, haegtesse, which means ... witch. Ah, now we're talkin'.

And more importantly, in medieval and later literature, the term hag and its relatives in European languages, came to stand for an unattractive, older woman. Ah, there she be.

So all in all this post exists today for two reasons: a) To let you all know, regardless if you have heard me use it or not, that I have been using the word hag in appropriate context my entire life. And 2) to give you a mini-lesson on the history of hags.

Once Camille Nelson Brown was given all of this insightful information she said, "Wow, I am smarter now than I was two minutes ago."

And now dear readers, you are too. You.are.too.

No need to thank me. Just throw money in my general direction.

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For even more insightful information on hags, please go here.

9 comments:

Stephanie said...
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Meg said...

Yet another random piece of information to float around in my brain. I love that the internet enables frivolous research. Not that I couldn't have done such research before, but now it is so easy. I look things up all the time that I would never have known the answers to if I actually had to use the dictionary or go to the library.

Mellie said...

I recall Thackary Binx on Hocus Pocus using the term "hag" to describe one of the Sanderson sisters. So in my mind, I always associated the word Hag with a witch. :)

Shan said...

You will never be an unattractive old woman.

deveney said...

thanks for the random facts and i am happy to report that i too have been using the word hag appropriatly for my entire life. ps-your trip to oregon and washington looks like fun, and totally made me miss home! when are you coming to disneyland?? maybe andrea and i could come up and meet ya for one day?? it would be fun to see you! {do you like how i just invited not only me, but andrea on your probably totally private and intimate trip to disneyland??}

Kristin said...

Darn old Wikipedia contains limited truth on this matter, eh? I think I thought of "hag" as an unattractive, old, disliked woman. You are none of those of course, but the whole fairy part and the wise part....

Geoff & Cami Brown said...

hahahahhaa i just NOW saw this blog post and i adore it. you're the bomb.com NOT a grumpy old hag

Kat said...

You're hilarious, and I love you. Thanks for what you said on my blog. You are so uplifting and positive. Opposite of hag. :)

Jen said...

I prefer cat lady to hag any day. And you are a long way from both (as I am pretty sure you don't have a kitty and are totes adorbs). Own it, Mindy!

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