Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wordplay Wednesday™ September 30, 2015-666=9

Six Weeks of Weird Halloween Words ~ Week #2

A Number by any other name is still a Word!

I chose Six Weeks of Weird Halloween Words, because it’s half the value of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” (if that).

Wait – I feel a premonition coming on – I have a Sixth Sense ya know … I predict … sometime between now and Halloween … you’ll visit 6 websites, enjoy 6 beverages, and gab for a half hour on 6 phone calls! Oh nooooooo, that’s 666!! You know what that means …

666: a number variously associated with Satan, the Antichcrist, the emperor Nero, etc. (Rev. 13:18). [A number by any other name is still a Word!]

Yes, our Wordplay Wednesday entry this week is a number, but ooooooh, it spawns so many wickedly delicious words. As the dictionary says ...

666 is associated with the Devil – ghosts and goblins, witches too, fear the “666” when it moans, “Booooooo!”

However, only one 6 in our tribute to Halloween is called upon, thus it is harmless. (Seriously. Ignore that spirit behind the curtain.)

The number six has a long and storied history. There are many significant, and yes, some sinister, references that we’re all familiar with: six degrees of separation (Kevin, are you reading, this? Call me …); six Cardinal Directions (north, south, east, west, up and down); six feet under (Halloween coffin anyone?).

And to be fair to the 666 legend, it ain’t all bad! *SIX 666 notables:
~ The Roman Numeral equivalent contains just one of each symbol valued at less than a thousand, in decreasing order! DCLXVI

~ Carbon-12, the root of all life on Earth, contains six protons, six neutrons and six electrons.

~ Do you gamble? Add the numbers on a roulette wheel – yup – they total 666. (Well, that could be construed as
not so lucky …)

~ And Nero, poor ancient fellow, is held by many to be an antichrist. Was he? “It makes the famous claim that the coded name of the Antichrist is 666, which can mean Nero (Neron) Caesar in Hebrew.”

~ Ol’ King Solomon reportedly received tributes of gold amounting to 666 “talents” (weight measure equaling 39,960 pounds) in one short year – à la Mr. Trump.

~ China seems to think sixes are awesome! The trilogy of sixes is said to bring good fortune.

Yes, of course, “666” is commonly known from The New Testament’s Book of Revelation, as the “number of the beast.” However, beliefs don’t always agree, as apparently Greek text translations indicate a variant number is 616. And if you’re into numerology, add 6-6-6 to power down to the number 9. A sweet, benign number! (Or is it … Number 9, number 9 …)

So, this week’s Weird Halloween Word that is a number, is what we make of it. It’s just a number … and like many aspects that guide us through life … it’s our beliefs that count.
Personally, I prefer my sixes in a six-pack. “Chug-a-lug, chug-a-lug …
Make you want to holler hi-de-ho…


* I’m relying on Wiki here, so sure hope they’re right!
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