Goblin Smörgåsbord

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I have never, not even once, claimed to be the most normal of individuals. Brainstorming for tonight’s post is proof.


There are many topics I can write about, a few serious, a few funny, a few irrelevant… I even have one post half-written about why I hate homeschooling but do it anyway!


BUT… when it was all said and done and I was tucking my sweet cherubs into bed, I just kept thinking of the words I love to say.


There are phrases that tickle me to no end, like: “I could eat a can of alphabet soup and poop out a better explanation than that.” Then there are words that give me joy, just to know they’re out there to say. In the past I’ve been charmed by “lackadaisical,” puzzled by the spelling of “catsup” and “hiccough,” and put off by words like “chick,” “douche,” and “moist.”


Tonight the word I love is “goblin.” There is no explanation, no relevance to my life, a goblin did not appear at my workplace today or propose marriage to my children or agree to spin some gold for me.


I just enjoy saying it! “Goblin.” Say it with me, it’s kind of fun, isn’t it?!


Goblin, goblin, goblin.


Because it feels like a committed pit stop into uselessness to end the post with the declaration I’m muttering “goblin” to myself, I decided to discover some worthwhile, if random, facts about the little-known, yet beloved goblin.


Wikipedia definition: “A goblin is a legendary evil or mischievous creature; a grotesquely evil or evil-like phantom.”


The Scottish love the goblins enough to have their own names and locations for the 2-to-3-foot beings. Cowcaddens and Cowlairs, in Glasgow, Scotland refer to the goblin. ‘Cow’ is an old Scots word for goblin, while ‘cad’ means ‘nasty’. ‘Dens’ and ‘lairs’ refers to goblin homes.


Goblins made a comeback in popularity when the Harry Potter books swept the world. Those greedy goblins at Gringott’s impacted the youth culture of the 2000s.


It’s been a spell since I thought about the crazy alien sub-culture of our world. The night I researched the Swing Vote: New Mexico and aliens I got genuinely freaked out by the information on the internet about harvesting children to feed the extraterrestrials. Now I discover goblins are affiliated to the alien movement:


“The Kelly–Hopkinsville encounter, also known as the Hopkinsville Goblins Case, and to a lesser extent the Kelly Green Men Case, is the name given to a series of presumably connected incidents of alleged close encounters with supposed extraterrestrial beings. The incidents occurred in the fall of 1955, the most famous and well-publicized of which centered around a rural farmhouse at the time belonging to the Sutton family, which was located between the hamlet of Kelly and the small city of Hopkinsville, both in Christian County, Kentucky, United States. It is from these main incidents that the entire case takes its name.”


The final snippet I will share this evening is a true gem. Not only does this site contain a full page of FACTS about goblins (the creature that is completely fiction), it includes pages on gnomes and fairies! Can anyone else say, “Bingo!” We hit the jackpot! Click through the link for the full scoop, in the meantime, here are some of my favorite goblin facts:

  • Goblins love to sing
  •  Goblins live in junkyards (does this include mini storages? I wonder….)
  • Goblins can eat 12 meals a day


Do you have any fun goblin stories? What words give you joy to speak?

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3 thoughts on “Goblin Smörgåsbord

  • May 10, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Hi! I’m a “lurker” but this post was enough to coax me out of the shadows. I love words! My currant word crush is “pusillanimous” – I found it in a MASH episode. I also like words like “loquacious” and “whimsy.”

    • May 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      I had to look that one up – I wonder now if that’s where the slang of someone being a “pussy” came from. I’ve always thought it came from “scaredy-cat” and “pussy cat” or was on the derogative toward women slant. I’m so glad to know there’s another option!

      I’m also glad to know you’re not a lurker anymore. 🙂 Welcome!

  • May 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I know it isn’t terribly intelligent, but my favorite word is “brightly.” I love the sound, I love the meaning, and I love all bright things (although I generally draw the line at neon). However, the word I always turn to when I want to feel smart is “mondegreen” because I have found myself the creator of many a mondegreen.


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