‘White’ and ‘wight’

I’m jumping on the Halloween bandwagon with this week’s homophones: white and wight. I sometimes read people have been to the ‘Isle of White’ or would like to discuss the actions of the ‘Wight Walkers’ in Game of Thrones.

ghostsWhite

  • the colour (such as that of milk or snow)*
  • pale or light in colour
  • a person or people with pale or light-coloured skin
  • counter-revolutionary

Wight

  • a living being (in archaic usage)
  • a ghost, spirit or other supernatural being
  • a specific shipping forecast area covering part of the English Channel (‘Wight’)

My tip: a wight could be a ghost.

*I’m aware scientists may disagree with referring to white as a colour but it’s acceptable to do so in general usage.


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3 thoughts on “‘White’ and ‘wight’

    • I always associate it with The Lord of the Rings (which I was completely obsessed with for much of my childhood). Also thanks for reminding me about will-o’-the-wisp; I might steal that as an ‘interesting word’ post!

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      • Right, the barrow wights in LotR, which is undoubtedly where D&D got them.

        Heh, if you want a bunch of weird words, just crack open a Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual (of any edition). The creator of D&D, Gary Gygax, was quite the history and mythology buff, and he apparently loved the strange and obscure.

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