Posted by: Natalie | March 15, 2010

Word of the Day: Daffodil

To go with today’s post, the word of the day is:

Daffodil

Word Origins: Now, obviously, the Latin name for each daffodil species is determined by the word narcissus from, notably, the Greek myth written about in today’s previous post. But where does the word Daffodil come from? Well, we start with a very different plant, the asphodel, a member of the lily family.

Asphodel

This flower (pictured) had an original Latin name of asphodelus. During the middle ages, probably due to the representation of the letters ‘s’ and ‘f’ being incredibly similar in writing at this time, the name of the plant became affodillus. This came to England as affodil during the 16th Century and eventually became attributed to the Narcissus species of flower, not in the same family. The Dutch also used affodil around the same time but they already used it for the Narcissus variety but had the definite article de prefixing it. So it was only a simple step for the English to morph these words together into the word ‘daffodil’ meaning ‘The Narcissus’.

Urban Dictionary Definition:

  1. A shallow, beautiful women; one who offers little more then face value.
  2. A good-time girl.
  3. used when describing one’s ass

Nat’s Definition:

  • Shiny, happy yellowness.
  • The first signs of Spring.
  • My favourite flower.
  • A sickly paint colour.
  • the cheapest way to a woman’s heart
  • A cheap way to show your appreciation.
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Responses

  1. I did not know any of those Urban Dictionary definitions! Does this make me old?

    • Nope! Just normal! It wasn’t what I expected to read!! Nxxx


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