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walpurgis night\val’purges-, -u(e)ges-; val’per|jes-, wal-, wol- -pe|, -pei|, |ges-\ or walpurgisnacht n -s usu cap W&N [walpurgis night part trans. of G walpurgisnacht, fr. Walpurgis St. Walburga +A.D. 777 Eng. saint whose feast day falls on May Day + G nacht night, fr. OHG naht 1 : the evening preceding May Day : the evening of April 30 believed esp. during medieval and Renaissance times to be an occasion when witches celebrate a sabbat 2 : something (as an event or situation) having an orgiastic or nightmarish character (the big, wicked party that should be the … Walpurgis Night of his book —New Republic) (the relationship … became a protracted Walpurgisnacht –George Stevens)

From: the big dictionary in the library.

Comments

  1. So if this were an SAT question it would be Christmas is to the Winter Solstice as Easter is to The Vernal Equinox – as Walpurgisnacht is to ….wait. I’m confused.

  2. Walpurgisnacht is to a turnip as long bowls is to a muleman’s left foot.

  3. Quin Finnegan says

    I thought these ‘WOW’s were chosen randomly. I wonder whether this one wasn’t chosen in advance.

  4. Jonathan Potter says

    In advance of what?

  5. Quin Finnegan says

    Halloween. I was thinking of the witches and nightmares.

  6. Jonathan Potter says

    Yeah, the Halloween connection occurred to me. Otherwise it was a random choice determined by the page I chanced to turn to in the big dictionary. Maybe I’ll host a Wallpurgisnacht party next April.

  7. Jonathan Webb says

    My whole life has been a Walpurgisnacht.

  8. Jonathan Potter says

    Korrektiv will be changing its name to Walpurgisnacht at some point in the future.

  9. Jonathan Potter says

    News flash: Indian Country (formerly the Gospel Guys) have changed their name to Walpurgisnacht and will be releasing a new album of techno-industrial-folk tunes in 2006.

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