Thursday, January 01, 2015

A Quickie

Little Jo was talking about witches while we waited for a tram. I asked her what is the male version of witches, and before she couldn't immediately answer and I chipped in with warlock. The school play ground speech came into play and once again, Uncle Andrew, you are so dumb. It is a wizard.

Wizard or warlock, I don't actually know. Better take a peek. Ah, Little Jo is as dumb as I am. The male equivalent of witch is witch.

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  1. Unless he is an Evil witch, a Black Witch; then he is a Warlock.

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    1. Ah, I can spot a Harry Potter reader when I see one.

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  2. I hadn't realised that witch wasn't gender specific. I can't think of a male witch though... So add me to the dumb list.

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    1. EC, and just shows we still have plenty to learn yet.

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  3. Andrew great post. Funny

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    1. Gosia, not a bad response for a couple of lines dashed off at 3am New Year's morning.

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  4. Here's a thought, witches cast spells that can make things happen, so can the Harry Potter crowd who are all called Wizards, even the girls I believe, since Hogwarts is a Wizard school. So are all witches Wizards? What about Harry Dresden-Wizard and Private Investigator. He does use magic and cast spells, is he a witch?
    Is witch the blanket term, covering wizards and warlocks as well as witches? Or is Wizard the blanket term covering witches etc? And does it really matter? I've always thought of Witches as women, while the Wizards are the men. Warlocks of course are the evil mischief makers.

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    1. River, of course it matters which witch is which. Much attention is given to details in religion and is this not on an equal level? I know little of Harry Potter except the Scottish viaduct the train ran along.

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  5. I always thought it was Warlock.

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    1. Diane, to quote little Jo, you are so dumb. Seems we all are, except Hels.

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    2. Ha no :) But you selected a subject I often lecture on. It is combination of religion, state power, gender issues and medicine - my favourite historical topics.

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  6. Andrew

    during the witch hunting era in of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, some 40,000 people were executed as witches. But 90% of the executions were women. Thus males were definitely called witches but their witchcraft must have been of a more benign type.

    Only in northern places like Iceland, Finland, and Estonia were male witches treated as badly, or worse than female witches.

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    1. Hels, I think I shall rename you, 'The finessed google'. I understand that many were accused and found to be witches who did not practice witchcraft, say maybe the mentally unwell.

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  7. Well I would have made the dumb group also :) would have gone for warlock also! Happy New Year Andrew and R, I have a feeling in my water it's going to be a good one!

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    1. You and your waters Grace. Thanks.

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  8. I had never thought about which is what witch....it's interesting to say the least!

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    1. WA, don't you mean instead of which is what witch, which witch is which? I wished for an answer about witches and my witch wish about which is what witch came true.

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  9. Hahah, children often are smarter than us! Which is a good thing, in my opinion. Happy New Year! :-)

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    1. Hello HSH. We will be in your country in me 2015. Apparently, you are a bit like us, (critical comma insertion there) downunder. Happy New Year to you too.

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  10. Are you sure witch way is it? (yes that's a play on words)

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    1. Peter, I am sure I am now well versed in witch witch is which.

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