The Silver Bullet: Werewolves, Miracles & Martinis

silver bullet, n.[' A bullet made of silver. Freq. with reference to the folk tradition that such a bullet can harm a werewolf (or other supernatural being) whereas an ordinary bullet cannot.']Pronunciation: Brit. /ˌsɪlvə ˈbʊlᵻt/,  U.S. /ˌsɪlvər ˈbʊlət/Etymology: <  silver adj. + bullet n.1Here is something about how silver bullets both CREATE and DESTROY witches from the American Journal of Folklore …

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Hand of Glory, a macabre twist.

I was surprised what this word meant, and particularly how it was used. I would imagine it would work,  if only out of sheer fright but if you read on, it was supposed to make the holder invisible.Hand of Glory, n.[' Originally: a charm made from or consisting of the root of a mandrake (see the …

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Abbey-Lover, from OED

abbey-lubber, n.[' At the English Reformation, a derogatory term for: a monk living in idleness and self-indulgence.']Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈabɪˌlʌbə/,  U.S. /ˈæbiˌləbər/Forms: see abbey n. and lubber n.Etymology: <  abbey n. + lubber n. derogatory. Now hist.During the English Reformation, this was a derogatory term for a monk living in idleness & self-indulgence.1528 Rede me & be nott Wrothe sig. g viv, Ye but thorowe falce lorchers, And vnthryfty …

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