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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WEIRDNESS

I looked round, and a feeling of awe and weirdness crept over me.

There wasn't any weirdness about the ship when I woke in the sunlight.

The unexpected wild vehemence and weirdness of it were striking in the extreme.

Awe and weirdness followed in the trail of that cannon ball of wind.

The changing lights added to the beauty and weirdness of the scene.

The sing-song calls of the players added to the weirdness of the scene.

Whatever the weirdness and adventure, Jerome was getting nowhere.

There was weirdness in its colour, almost cabalistic—a call out of the occult.

Perhaps it was the weirdness and the tremulous intoxication of the music.

If he were aware of the weirdness of their situation no sign betrayed it.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wyrd (n.) "fate, destiny," literally "that which comes," from Proto-Germanic *wurthis (cf. Old Saxon wurd, Old High German wurt "fate," Old Norse urðr "fate, one of the three Norns"), from PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," (cf. German werden, Old English weorðan "to become"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). For sense development from "turning" to "becoming," cf. phrase turn into "become."

The modern sense of weird developed from Middle English use of weird sisters for the three fates or Norns (in Germanic mythology), the goddesses who controlled human destiny. They were portrayed as odd or frightening in appearance, as in "Macbeth," which led to the adjectival meaning "odd-looking, uncanny," first recorded 1815.

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