Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bogeys, Boggarts, Boggles ,and Boogers

If you think that "Booger" is just a funny made up name for Bigfoot, you would be wrong. The roots of this word and it's relatives are lost in the mists of antiquity.
Here is the etymology of bogey according to WIKIPEDIA:

The word bogey is derived from the Middle English bogge/bugge (also the origin of the word bug), and thus is generally thought to be a cognate of the German bögge, böggel-mann (English "Bogeyman"). The word could also be linked to many similar words in other European languages: boeman (Dutch), buse (Nynorsk), bøhmand (Danish), bòcan, púca, pooka or pookha (Irish Gaelic), pwca, bwga or bwgan (Welsh), puki (Old Norse), pixie or piskie (Cornish), puck (English), bogu (Slavonic), buka (Russian).[2] It has also been suggested that bogeyman has the same origin as bugger, from ME bougre (heretic, sodomite), fr. MF, fr. ML Bulgaris, lit. Bulgarian

In English folklore, a boggart(or bogart) is a household fairy which causes things to disappear, milk to sour, and dogs to go lame. Always malevolent, the boggart will follow its family wherever they flee. In Northern England, at least, there was the belief that the boggart should never be named, for when the boggart was given a name, it would not be reasoned with nor persuaded, but would become uncontrollable and destructive.
It is said that the boggart crawls into people's beds at night and puts a clammy hand on their faces. Sometimes he strips the bedsheets off them. Sometimes a boggart will also pull on a person's ears. Hanging a horseshoe on the door of a house is said to keep a boggart away.
In the folklore of North-West England, boggarts live under bridges on dangerous sharp bends on roads, and it is considered bad luck for drivers not to offer their polite greetings as they cross.
Incidently, the surname Bogart, (as in Humphrey Bogart) is derived from "boomgaard", the Dutch word for  "orchard".

The Scottish variant is the bogle (or boggle).

A Bogle or a Boggle  is the same creature referred to in "mind boggling" or "to boggle the mind".

As far as "booger" itself there is not much  on Wikipedia except a reference to similar terms.
"A ghost or hobgoblin, used to frighten children; also boogerbear, boogerman or bogeyman (mainly southern U.S.)".

 I was raised in the South, and when I was a kid, when we spoke of the Devil, we called him "the Boogerman''.

William Mayes

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