anything that deludes or misleads by luring on.
Why are zero and the letter “O” both circles? The answer involves both science and mysticism
Long, long ago, typewriters made no distinction between the number 0 and the letter O. While the two share the same shape, the origin of both number and letter are quite different. Let’s look at the distinct astrological and optical inspirations that created these seemingly identical symbols. Derived from the Semitic letter ayin and inspired by the circular eye-shaped Egyptian hieroglyph for “eye,” the letter O …
Who Is Jack In Jack-o’-lantern, Anyway?
Who, or what, is the namesake of this autumn tradition?
apparition, bubble, chimera, confusion, daydream, deception, delusion, error, fallacy, fancy, fantasy, ghost, hallucination, hocus-pocus, image, invention, make-believe, mirage, misapprehension, misconception
Origin of will-o'-the-wisp
1600–10; orig. Will (i.e., William) with the wisp; see wisp
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Also called: friar's lantern, ignis fatuus, jack-o'-lantern a pale flame or phosphorescence sometimes seen over marshy ground at night. It is believed to be due to the spontaneous combustion of methane or other hydrocarbons originating from decomposing organic matter
a person or thing that is elusive or allures and misleads
Word Origin for will-o'-the-wisp
C17: originally Will with the wisp, from Will short for William and wisp in former sense of a twist of hay or straw burning as a torch
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1660s, earlier Will with the wisp (c.1600), from the masc. proper name Will + wisp "bundle of hay or straw used as a torch."
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