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Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:23 am

• Yule •

Pronunciation: yul • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun, proper

Meaning: Christmas, Noel.

Notes: Dictionaries disagree as to whether this word should be capitalized. The Oxford English and Merriam-Webster dictionaries list it uncapitalized; the American Heritage and most others capitalize it. Since it is the name of a holiday, we think it should be capitalized. The period around Yule is Yuletide, paralleling Christmastide, using the original meaning of tide, "time".

In Play: Before the advent of central heating and climate control, when renewable wood was the primary fuel for heating homes, the biggest of the logs cut for winter heating was saved for Christmas: the Yule log. It would make Christmas the warmest day of the winter and burn the longest, so that those living in the house could focus their attention on other things.
Word History: Today's Good Word was passed down to us from Old English geól, the predecessor of Christmas, which replaced it in the 12th century. It originally referred to a heathen Winter Solstice feast. The Old Norse (Viking) correlate of this word, jól, may well have been borrowed by late Latin and formed into an adjective jol-ivus. If so, it would explain the Old French word jolif "gay, festive", which today is joli "nice, pretty". The original jolif was borrowed by Middle English and ultimately converted into jolly, as in, coincidentally, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. (We wish an especially happy Yule to Rodger Collins for suggesting such a Good seasonal Word.)
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Re: Yule

Postby jfink68510 » Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:54 pm

You seem to have missed one of the current definitions of "Yule". It not only "originally referred to a heathen [sic] [Pre-Christian] Winter Solstice feast", it still DOES refer to the Winter Solstice celebration for many of us who follow Earth-based religions. Jakob Grimm connected Yule with the Old English word for "wheel", as Yule begins a new cycle of the seasons as the sun is reborn (i.e. begins to stay longer in the sky each day - an important event for those of us in northern climes]. Has this been definitively discredited?

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Re: Yule

Postby LukeJavan8 » Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:28 pm

I'm sure it is just some small thing I missed in my education
over the years, but does anyone know why, despite the
Winter Solstice the days are still getting shorter? Sunset
is now after five pm and sunrise moving closer to 8 am
(central time: usa). I've been really curious and would really
like to know. I tried googling it, but all I got were really scientific
answers which I'd like broken down so I can understand it.
-----please, draw me a sheep-----

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