Cosmic Cuttlefish by Sylvia Ritter

Ancient words of the day: Glamour and grammar

Glamour is an 18th Century corruption of the word grammar. Or the occult processes that were traditionally associated with learning during the middle ages. The words grammar and glamour are also associated with the word grimoire – a spell-book.

Ancient words of the day: Glamour and grammar

Glamourie: witchcraft, magic, fascination or a spell

Glaumerify: to cast a spell over or bewich

Glamour-bead: an amber bead, used for enchantment and also used as a gift, might the gift or power of fascination or enchantment, the power of casting spells.

“London Grimoire, a ludic group of independent musicians, first met in Nottingham to bring musical cheer (because it’s Grimoire up North)” Minstrels’ Almanac 1597

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“When devils, wizards or jugglers deceive the sight, they are said to cast glamour o’er the eyes of the spectator.” Poems of Allan Ramsay (Edinburgh 1720).

Ancient words of the day: Glamour and grammar
Magic by Iceland and Thoreau

Glamour -Draíocht
(Charm, enchantment fascination, magic, spell)
Spell-bound -Faoi dhraíocht

Ancient words of the day: Glamour and grammar

“He was a grammarian, and could doubtless see further into the future than others.” J. R. R. Tolkien, Farmer Giles of Ham.

Cosmic Cuttlefish by Sylvia Ritter
Cosmic Cuttlefish by Sylvia Ritter
Mata Hari dancing in the Musée Guimet (1905)

References The English Dialectical Dictionary

3 thoughts on “Ancient words of the day: Glamour and grammar

    1. Yeah definitely, I had no idea the two were connected until I looked into the origins of the word glamour and found that grammar and grimoire were associated with it. It seems only with the influence of Hollywood do we associate it with beautiful and sophisticated women, who would have known!

      1. Yes, very strange. Wonder if ‘glimmer’ is in the family. Jagger/Richard were known as the ‘glimmer twins’ and I’ve never known why…

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