So I was scrolling along my facebook page, and I stumbled upon a photo which made me smile while simultaneously making me feel sad:
For those of you unfamiliar with these two gentlemen, on the left is british actor Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit, Star Trek, Sherlock), and on the right is fellow British actor Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock). The reason this made me smile is because I am so used to seeing them in a much more serious and composed expressions on one of my favourite TV series, Sherlock, on the BBC. Why this also invokes feelings of sadness is because I have waited over a year for the next season to air, and it’s quite possible that I may have to wait yet another year! Not that I can really blame them, though. Both of them have been very busy recently on the big screen: Cumberbatch will be playing the villain in the new Star Trek movie, set to come out in May, as well as the voice of the dragon in the second installment of The Hobbit. Martin Freeman is equally as busy, having taken on the star role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, which as you all know has been divided into three separate installments.
You’re probably wondering what this all has to do with the Word of the Week segment. Well, the first word that came to mind when I saw this photo was the German word, Rache, from the first episode of Sherlock “The Lady in Pink”. They had assumed that it was German, but in reality the woman on the floor, in her dying moments, had been trying to write the word …. Oops, don’t want to give away spoilers ^_^
So, the word for this weeks Word of the Week segment is….
Translation: “Revenge” or “Vengeance”
Definition: (noun) “The action of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for a wrong suffered at their hands.”
Synonyms: retribution, payback, retaliation, avenge, eye for an eye, vindictiveness.
Origin: Rache is a German word, meaning ‘revenge’ or ‘to take revenge on someone’. The term ‘revenge’ itself originates from 14th century French, more specifically the term ‘revengier’. It is most commonly associated with the old proverb “revenge is a dish best served cold”, although the precise origin of this saying is difficult to pinpoint. Some claim it came about during the Shakespearean era, while others argue that it came about much later in French literature. Either way, it paints an accurate picture of what ‘revenge’ is.
That is all for today. As always, if you have any comments, questions or concerns, feel free to leave them in the comments, and until next time, happy reading!