I always thought the word “nightmare” was equine in derivation: a metaphor for sinister black mares stampeding through your head, causing your fears to hemorrhage out from your psyche in the form of bad dreams.  The internets, however, suggest it comes from “mara”, the name for an old Nordic demon that visits you in the night.  That’s way creepier, and pretty cool, but I still prefer my theory.

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  1. Damn, that’s cool. I would’ve guessed latin for “sea”. I joke that modern English is derived from both Shakespeare and British Naval slang from the 19th century, but I’ve recently learned we got an awful lot from, er, enterprising 9th century Danes…

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