Semantics

Maypole?

2018-06-19 04:39 #0 by: Emo

I know the word pole, but I would like to know if the word may in this is the same as our word maja in Swedish, dress with leaves.
Because may is like May, as in Swedish the word maja in the word majstång  leads to confusing, people wonder why it has something to do with the month May (maj i Swedish). It has not!

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2018-06-19 08:35 #1 by: Niklas

I read about the word maypole. It seems that the may part comes from the month May, when many countries celebrate May Day with a pole. In some countries they celebrate it on Pentecost.

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2018-06-19 08:39 #2 by: Emo

#1 How do the "real" Maypole looks like?

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2018-06-19 09:48 #3 by: Niklas

There are different kinds. Some look like a tall pole with colored ribbons going around it. Wikipedia has some photos.

Maypole - Wikipedia

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2018-06-19 10:16 #4 by: Emo

When they then shows a Swedish Midsummerpole and call it Maypole, it is easy to understand why they mix them and think our poles have something to do with the month of May.
Can we then use the word Midsummerpole to be sure we want to speak about the thing we use at Midsummer. Laughing

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2018-06-19 12:02 #5 by: Niklas

If you start using it perhaps others will follow. :-)

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2018-06-19 14:27 #6 by: Emo

I will try. You know. Glad

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2018-06-19 20:41 #7 by: jordan

#4 If the situation arises then I will also use the term Midsummerpole Glad Spread the word!

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