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Weak Memory

Trivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#32880
Fun:*** (3.02)
Difficulty:** (1.85)
Category:Trivia
Submitted By:MarcM1098Aca****

 

 

 



"Uncle Jimmy, we're studying Norse mythology and I keep forgetting some of the names, can you help?" Andrew asked.

"Certainly," Jimmy replied, "let's pick a few to start with: Odin, his wife Frigg, Thor, and Tyr. You really already know these names, or at least the Anglo-Saxon equivalent.
Woden is the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of Odin, the wise, one-eyed, chief god.
Frige is the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of Frigg, the goddess of clouds and sky.
Thunor is the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of Thor, the god of thunder.
Tiw is the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of Tyr, the god of war and battle."

"Sorry, but those names don't seem any more familiar," Andrew protested.

"What if I told you those four names are related to the sun, the moon, and the planet Saturn?"

"What? That's even more confusing."

"Final clue, they are the basis of a naming system that we use every day."

In what way are these names commonly used about which Andrew should be aware?



Answer

They are the basis for our names of the days of the week.
Sunday - Sunnandaeg - Sun's day
Monday - Monandaeg - Moon's day
Tuesday - Tiwesdaeg - Tiw's day
Wednesday - Wodnesdaeg - Woden's day
Thursday - Thunresdaeg - Thunor's day
Friday - Frigedaeg - Frige's day
Saturday - Saeternesdaeg - Saturn's day

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Comments

MMSMustangAus*
Sep 07, 2006

That was really good!
Alicia_Ellis*lb*
Sep 07, 2006

I thought that was pretty good one although the name kinda gives it away
SPUTNIK2Aus*
Sep 07, 2006

your teasers are so much fun!
blondebookwormAus*
Sep 07, 2006

very informative. That's really cool.
donut364us*
Sep 09, 2006

That was fun. Got it with the hint - thanks
Pizzazz2uAus*
Sep 10, 2006

Knowing these is a daily thing around this house. Your title just about gave it away to my group. A Superb teaser! A wee bit too easy, for some, but it will make others think.
PhalanxAlu*
Oct 26, 2006

Fortunately I do study history, so that was no challenge....but you sure got a nice way to write your teasers!
reptile5000Aus*
Nov 13, 2006

actually, i just wanted to note that people bealieve differently on where the days came from. the actuall answer is a dialect of latin and indo-european, all root languages, latin is the root of spanish, french, romanian, portugese, and italian, indo-european is the root of so many others, including the 1 u had as an example.

good teaser though
ObilioAus*
May 02, 2013

Awesome! I didn't realize we English speakers hung on to so much of the Saxon part of Anglo-Saxon, even though Beowulf is the oldest known example (unless they've found something else I haven't heard about) of Old English writing, and that is so obviously Saxon influenced. When I home-schooled my youngest we read a side -by - side so you could see how much was readable to a modern reader. I love it that in this thousands of years of patriarchal western society, that story really gets hairy when you tick off the monster's MOTHER, lol. Anyway, I wish I had known about the connection with days, he'll love that when I tell him. Thanks!!



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