pandemo (pandemo) wrote,

Things NOT to Send on Mother's Day

She had had lots of power, in her own way, but she had no more motherly instinct than a berserk rhino.
    -- Gregory Maguire, Son of a Witch

In the explanation section of Word of the Day's entry for berserk, I enjoyed this etymology:
The English usage of berserk lies in an Old Norse story introduced by Sir Walter Scott in 1822. It is from the Old Norse word berserkr (n.) meaning a raging warrior of superhuman strength.

Linguistically, it probably from stems from ber- meaning bear and serkr meaning shirt, thus literally "a warrior clothed in bearskin."
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