Wondrous Words Wednesday - Easter

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


 Greetings! We are having so much fun doing nothing, that we very almost forgot about Wondrous Words Wednesday. But I reminded my Mommy at the last minute and voila! A lovely Eastery Wondrous Words post, just for you. 

This meme was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion Blog and is now proudly hosted by yours truly. 

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative! 

No rules apply here, just share any or all the lovely or new words you've encountered over the last fortnight. 

Tips and ideas:

  • Don't go pull the Dictionary down from the shelf. Use words you came across in a book, a TV show, Google, a pamphlet, social media, doctor's room, classroom - the possibilities are endless
  • If you want to share a story around your chosen word, you are welcome
  • If you want to link your chosen word up with a book or books, please do so 
  • You are welcome to share photos or pictures that will describe your word just a bit better (who doesn't love Pictionary)
  • Let's stick to words that are recognized in the English Dictionary. You are welcome to use translations of your chosen word or a brief history if it derives from a different language, but your readers need to be able to find it in the English Dictionary
  • Please add your link to Mr Linky and pay a visit to the other word wizards

You are welcome to use my graphic or design your own!  

Todays Wondrous Word Wednesday, should rather have been a Curious Tuesday post. It's not an unfamiliar word to us at all, it's just a word that we have no clue of it's origin.


Easter Weekend is just around the corner and if you are anything like my Mommy, the cupboards are filled with candy coated chocolate eggs, marshmallow eggs and of course, hot-cross-buns. 

As you know, we actually speak Afrikaans and in Afrikaans, Easter translates to Paasfees. A direct translation back into English will be - passover festival. Now that is a bit closer to the true meaning of Easter time. So where on earth does the word Easter come from?

For the next part, we are quoting from The Conversation.com:

"The naming of the celebration as “Easter” seems to go back to the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at beginning of spring. The only reference to this goddess comes from the writings of the Venerable Bede, a British monk who lived in the late seventh and early eighth century. As religious studies scholar Bruce Forbes summarizes:

“Bede wrote that the month in which English Christians were celebrating the resurrection of Jesus had been called Eosturmonath in Old English, referring to a goddess named Eostre. And even though Christians had begun affirming the Christian meaning of the celebration, they continued to use the name of the goddess to designate the season.”

Bede was so influential for later Christians that the name stuck, and hence Easter remains the name by which the English, Germans and Americans refer to the festival of Jesus’ resurrection."

That's a lovely explanation, but I am still curious about this guy and Biology 101:


What does a bunny have to do with Easter? And in what curriculum or what universe does a bunny lay eggs? Okay, my actual, nagging question - Why a bunny and not a kitten

The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th Century. Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies, so they became a symbol of new life. Fun fact! You do know that a litter of rabbit babies are also called kittens? So if you rather want to use a kitten than a rabbit for your Easter Decorations, you won't be too far off.

Let's just get one thing very clear today - Rabbits do not lay eggs. The Easter Bunny gets his eggs from chickens. Just like we do. But I strongly suspect he doesn't pay for his. He goes to a farm and steals dozens and dozens of eggs to give to good little children on Easter. 

Nope, I have no idea how he gets them painted so lovely. But once again, I strongly suspect that he steals the paint from the farmer and the glitter and ribbons from Mrs. Farmer's Christmas Decorations Box up in the attic. 

The moral of today's post: Ban the Bunnies from Easter and replace them with fluffy, trustworthy and neutered kittens. 

Agh, I'm just joking. My Mommy loves Easter Bunnies and especially those delicious chocolate eggs they lay. We are looking forward to a relaxing Easter Weekend and spending some time with our books and also The Big Book that tells the true story of Easter better than any Google page can ever do.

What are you doing for Easter? Did you come across any interesting and wondrous words over the passed two weeks? Remember to add it to the linky and to pay each other a visit. 

Happy Easter you all!

Lots of Love,





15 comments

  1. Hi Mareli & Elza,

    Like last time, I already have a previous Blog Tour Review commitment to post today, so I shall be back later in the day to post my WWW post and leave a 'linky' for you!

    My words are nothing like as fun or seasonal as your own. Easter is just one of those holidays and words I have always taken for granted, and although I of course know about the religious aspects of the crucifixion and resurrection, I have never really given the actual word 'Easter' much thought.

    Thanks for the excellent research and explanation of the word, although I also struggle with the concept of the Easter bunny and chocolate eggs and have no idea how parents go about explaining it to their children! Here in the UK, we also have quite a big emphasis on Easter chicks, which does tie in with the whole egg concept a whole lot better, but then around this holiday time there are a lot of 'duck races' taking place (the plastic variety, not the real thing) and then I am lost again - what has a duck got to do with Easter?

    It's all very confusing for my poor little brain, just bring on the chocolate eggs and we'll call it quits! :) :)

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    1. Hi Mareli,

      Phew! I must get a bit more organised than this for my WWW posts, I am trying not to take any more Wednesday reviews.

      My link is now published.

      Thanks :)

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    2. Hi Yvonne! I'm so sorry that I only reply to your comments now. We've been away for a couple of days with no internet or even cellphone reception. Was a good break. Thanks so much for taking part and I'm glad you enjoyed our Easter Post!

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  2. After staying at home for a year, and after a harsh freeze that killed most of our plants, and after finally getting a vaccine, and after seeing plants that appeared to be dead start to send out new green growth...spring and Easter have powerful new meanings for me this year. Renewal. Revitalized. Reborn. I have never felt this as strongly as I have this year.

    Bunnies that deliver chocolate eggs? Yes, it seems like a stretch. And I agree with Elza that the image of a lovely kitten with a huge basket of chocolate seems much more delightful. It's probably a team of talented kittens who do the actual cooking and decorating, don't you think?

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    1. Hi Debbie! Never thought about it, but now that you mention it - yes! Of course it's a team of cute and highly talented kittens.

      I am glad that spring this year is a time for renewal and new growth for you. May this Spring bring you lots of fun, joy and happiness!

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  3. Great post! Although replacing bunnies with kittens doesn't sound like a bad idea :) I hope you have a great Easter!

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    1. Hi Yvonne! Yea! So glad you enjoyed it and yes for kitties!!!

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  4. Happy Easter to you!!!! And thanks for the info- I knew some of that but not all of it, and isn't history fascinating? I cracked up over the bunny bits, too. :) Hope you and your kitties have a great Easter!!

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    1. Hi Greg! Gosh, this is a very very very late reply. Sorry!! Glad we could teach you something new today and that you enjoyed our bunny quirks.

      Our Easter was good yes! Hope yours was good too.

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  5. This is a really witty post! I was chortling and chuckling my way through it. Yes, yes, why not kittens instead of bunnies, and where do those eggs come in? Haha. Thanks also for the history of the nomenclature, one of those interesting "Did you know?" facts. Happy Easter!
    ~ Lex

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    1. Yea Lex!! We have our moments you know...!! Not all the time, but every now and then.

      Hope you had a really good Easter. So sorry for the terribly late reply.....

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  6. The concept of the Easter Bunny has always been weird to me! Haha. I really enjoyed reading this post. :)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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    1. Hi Lindsi! Glad you enjoyed it. I had kids asking me at school about the Easter Bunny and the eggs and that got me thinking a bit.

      Hope you had a very lovely Easter!

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  7. Symbol of new life sounds about right. You'll be happy to know that I'm pet sitting for two very adorable cats. One of which is so shy, you'd think she only adored the under side of a bed. Friend for you? not sure. she also has this six foot apparatus for her to climb on.

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    1. I hope the house sitting went really well and that your shy little guest turned out giving you lots of love and cuddles.

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