Halloween Etymology

“Friendly Fairy, Witch, or Fay Fulfil the Wish You wish to day.”

In case you are unfamiliar with the term “Fay,” which appears in this vintage Halloween postcard, here’s the Merriam-Webster definition (actually the third entry for the term, but the one that seems most fitting in this context):

Main Entry: fay
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English faie, from Anglo-French fee — more at fairy
Date: 14th century
: fairy, elf

Vintage Halloween Postcard


Don’t look at the dogs, work the lock! You looked at the dogs!

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