The Fitful Flog

January 14, 2007

¡El Diabolo!

Mélisande*'s ¡El Diabolo! on Flickr

Photo and folding by Mélisande*

¡El Diabolo!

Ah, Mephistopheles!

–Christopher Marlowe, The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus

3 Responses to “¡El Diabolo!”

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    tf Says:

    Diabolo is neither Spanish or related to el Diablo, the devil. Dia = Across (as in diagram, diatribe) and Bolo = Throw. Diabolo in ancient Greek was sometimes used to mean to talk ill of someone which ultimately lead to it referring to a “devilish” creature which was then taken into the later romance languages. However, there is no direct connection: the shape, toy is direct from the ancient Greek whereas Diablo has later origins specifically to the entity of the Devil.

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    oschene Says:

    Your etymology floors me. May I offer you a deviled egg?

  3. 3
    Chris Kennish Says:

    Nice work.


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