by Marilyn Martin
Etymology of Glamour:
From Scots glamer, from earlier Scots gramarye (“magic, enchantment, spell”).
The Scottish term may either be from Ancient Greek γραμμάριον (grammárion, “gram”), the weight unit of ingredients used to make magic potions, or an alteration of the English word grammar (“any sort of scholarship, especially occult learning”).
Etymology of Grammar:
From Old French gramaire “grammar; learning,” especially Latin and philology, also “(magic) incantation, spells, mumbo-jumbo” (12c., Modern French grammaire)
“Learning in general, knowledge peculiar to the learned classes,” which included astrology and magic; hence the secondary meaning of “occult knowledge” (late 15c. in English), which evolved in Scottish into glamour (q.v.).]
A glimmer of glamour—
The weighing of words for
A potion particular,
Testing the spell by the sway;
This juxtaposition of diction and daring
Adance in pellucid, precarious pairing
And paring, for only the
Magic may stay.
Marilyn Martin says, “Walking in wonder and worship includes loving words and loving God with my mind.”
Photography by Kenneth Godoy