Episode 24: Germanic Mythology

The role of Germanic mythology on modern English is explored. Germanic gods and religious traditions are examined with an emphasis on words and phrases which are still found in modern English.

5 thoughts on “Episode 24: Germanic Mythology

  1. It might be useful to note that Eostre is not nearly as well attributed as the other Germanic gods. In fact, the only reference we have is one quotation from Bede, late into the Christian era in England and centuries after the period under consideration here. Of course it’s possible he’s completely correct, but caution about any etymological connections and certainly about her role as a goddess should be the rule.

  2. Still enjoying this!

    Are “venom” and “wine” etymologically related? And what about “aspect” and “auspice?”


    • Hi Avery. “Aspect” and “auspice’ are cognate in that the second syllable of each word is derived from the Indo-European root word *spek meaning ‘to observe.’ However, the first syllable of each word is derived from unrelated roots.

      Despite the similarities between “venom” and “vino,” they are unrelated. So “wine” does not share a common root with “venom.”

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