Widdershins

simonalkenmayer:

adv. In a direction that is counter to the movement of the sun, counterclockwise. It is what we used to say about that movement, before we had clocks. However, it has another connotation, and that is “unlucky”. It literally translates to “against the sun” in the old German tongues, and because the sun was seen as the beacon of God or the natural order, moving against it was a bad idea. You would not call a person a “widdershins”, but would instead indicate they’d done something in that way.

Example: “He was an unsuccessful man, because he moved widdershins through all his business affairs.” or “She ran widdershins through the market, missing every special sale by moments.”

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