Word for Wednesday: Bed

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It’s midweek again and most of us will be yearning for that elusive weekend lie-in tucked cozily between our bed sheets, and with the colder months fast approaching that luxury will be ever more tempting.

I think it’s a safe bet that we all use the word ‘bed’ every day without fail. Even if we simply mean ‘to go to sleep’ rather than to retire to a comfortable mattress; we’ll most likely use the word ‘bed’ when sleep is beckoning.

The word ‘bed’ originates from the Proto-Germanic: ‘badja’ meaning a ‘sleeping place dug in the ground’ – sounds very macabre, but the word originally referred to a garden-plot: a place for plants to ‘sleep’.

Now if that doesn’t make you grateful of your comfortable kipping place, we don’t know what will!

Comment or Tweet @Spellzone the most unusual, blissful, or blooming awful places you’ve ever spent the night in we’d love to hear!

Hugh MacDermott


27 Aug 2014
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