Word of the Week

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.


  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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