Wednesday, February 1, 2006

A Great, If Fictional, Definition of "Vichy"

From wOOt over at Eschaton. It's part of a series, but by far the best one yet:

If anyone doesn't understand what all this "Vichy Dems" business is, here's a quick etymology lesson:

Vichy comes from the Latin word Vichus, a title of the god Pluto, the king of the underworld. It was later used to refer to the underworld itself. The word appears later in the Germanic languages without its Latin ending, in the more familiar form of "Vichy". It was then revived by J. R. R. Tolkien in his fictional stories of Middle-earth as the name of a race of creatures that are often used by evil forces as soldiers.

What this has to do with filibustering I have no idea.


DO NOT take this seriously: it's a joke. (The real explanation for this site's name is here.) But this one's a great joke.

3 comments:

Lindyann said...

Vichy, France was the center of the collaborationist government during WWII. Marshal Petain, French hero of WWI, handed France on a platter to the Germans when the latter invaded during WWII. Hence, Vichy became the home of French traitors in government.
Easy to see the connection now, huh?!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petain

Thersites D. Scott said...

Lindyann:

Like I said, don't take the fictional definition seriously!

I gave an overview of the Vichy regime on the very first VichyDems post. But I didn't know the Vichy government was officially "neutral" (Casablanca makes more sense now!), nor that Petain had been a war hero. So thank you for the new info!! :-)

samantha said...

what is the definition of vichy france not how the word vichy started