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3983    Dibyendu Banerjee    20/07/2017   

Origin of the Word Nightmare

We are aware that a Nightmare is a bad dream, which can cause a strong emotional response from the mind, and creates fear or anxiety or sadness. Often it contains situations of discomfort, psychological or physical terror or panic. Nightmares are actually vividly realistic and disturbing dreams that rattle a person wide awake from a deep sleep with pounding heart. The subjects of nightmares vary from person to person. Some nightmares are quite common.

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A lot of adults have nightmares about not being able to run fast enough to escape a danger or about falling from a great height or getting late to reach the examination hall or office.

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However, why the bad dream is associated with a strange term like “Nightmare ,” is a surprising issue. It is said that the word ‘Nightmare’ is a combination of two separate words.

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In Old English the word ‘mare’ is a female horse, a mythological evil female spirit or goblin that sits upon a sleeper’s chest, almost suffocates them and gives them bad dreams. Subsequently, the prefix "night" was added to stress the dream aspect. The word "nightmare" has many similarities with the Old Dutch term ‘ nachtmerrie’ and German ‘Nachtmahr.’  

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Dibyendu Banerjee
Ex student of Scottish Church College. Served a Nationalised Bank for nearly 35 years. Authored novels in Bengali. Translated into Bengali novels/short stories of Leo Tolstoy, Eric Maria Remarque, D.H.Lawrence, Harold Robbins, Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham and others. Also compiled collections of short stories from Africa and Third World. Interested in literature, history, music, sports and international films.
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