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Chris -- 2011-03-08
I was impressionable and untethered enough, and had enough residual THC in my veins, to be scared shirtless by my one and only contact with the ideomotor effect of the ouija board. I’ll never do it again. The convincingly exotic name is apparently simply a brand name cooked up out of Fr. “oui” and Ger. “ja”. About a dozen convincing hits on the web for the logical alternative witchy board.
Mike, his friend, and his friend’s girlfriend were experiencing with a witchy board. And I’m not going to get into the details, because it’s just creepy, but after they experienced that, they found out that I will die in 4 days. [...] I don’t think I will find out my death on a witchy board.
“Dousing for water” is a beauty that I hadn’t seen before, thanks for bringing it back to the surface.
Wiccan looks a likely target. So close in sound and insouciance to wicked. Unfortunately, wicke could be just a typo, or phonetic spelling. Who knows.
We also have Pat’s in our files. And .
I have a note to myself to write something about “feetish,” another word that might fall in the occult category, since it derives from an Iberian word for sorcery. I pronounce it “FET-ish,” but until the mid-twentieth century UK speakers tended to pronounce “fetish” as “FEETish,” which may have led to the “feetish” spelling . But “feetish” may also be an eggcornical confusion with the plural of “foot”—fetishes are often connected with feet (i.e., foot fetish).
Possible hidden eggcorns in this vein: “Hexagram” has no etymological connection to hexing someone; “occult” has nothing to do with “cult.”
I had hopes for a “clever aunt” (clairvoyant) but there’s nothing. The best I can offer is a “seeance”
Does anyone really believe in ‘psychics’? I most certainly do. Doris Stokes* once told me during a seeance in the 1980s that I would be famous
We’ll conduct a seeance and ask John since he wrote the line.
Séance means “sitting” so a seeance as “seeing things” is pretty, but it’s inconclusive.
Annie Lehman’s cousin Luigi haunts a public forum.
Q: How Do You Play Luigi Board?
A1: You set up letters numbers, and yes and no. You sit in a circle and ask the spirits questions…
A2: This is all absolut ly ridiculous . There is no such thing as a luigi board , and those who believe in them have no better time .
A3: Well yes it is my sister asked who created the luigi board and it said the devil then it started to say some wierd things in latin!!
A4: If theres not a spirit in your house by doing the luigi board your inviting evil spirites into earth and straight away they come to where they was invitied from, (your place)... So advice from me to all you lot is if you are not too positive there is a paranormal existence in your house than don’t do the luigi board!!!! X
A5: Well , my friend’s family did the luigi board and nothing hapened until they turned off the light and asked if they could make the cross with the glass so the glass made a cross , so then she asked if they could make there initials and then she got so sceard she tolldd themm to stopp and she went in to the garden and burned the letters and she started to cry because she was so sceard.