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washer at the ford

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English name for a familiar figure in Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, and perhaps Breton oral tradition, who may appear locally under different names. A death omen, she is sometimes ...

washer at the ford

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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... at the ford , washing woman . . English name for a familiar figure in Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, and perhaps Breton oral tradition, who may appear locally under different names. A death omen, she is sometimes beautiful and weeping or may be ugly and grimacing. She washes bloody garments at the ford of a river and turns to tell the beholder that they are his or hers. The persona of the washer may be derived from the Mórrígan , although Badb can take on this role. In Irish oral tradition the washer is nearly synonymous with the banshee , in Scottish...

washer at the ford

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English name for a familiar figure in Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, and perhaps Breton oral tradition, who may appear locally under different names. A death omen, she is sometimes beautiful and ...
kannerezed nod

kannerezed nod  

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Breton equivalent of the washer at the ford.
bean nighe

bean nighe  

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[ScG, washerwoman, laundrymaid].A female wraith of Scottish Gaelic folklore who washes bloodstained clothes when some person in the neighbourhood is about to die, usually in battle; a Scottish ...
tunnerez noz

tunnerez noz  

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[Bret. noz, night].Probably a Breton instance of the death omen, the washer at the ford.
kannerezed nod

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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...nod . Breton equivalent of the washer at the ford...

tunnerez noz

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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...noz [Bret. noz , night]. Probably a Breton instance of the death omen, the washer at the ford...

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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... , fords . . Shallow river crossings were important to the early Celts before technology provided ferries and bridges. Ritona was a Continental Celtic goddess of fords worshipped at Trier, in what is now Germany. Many hand-to-hand combats take place at fords, notably that of Cúchulainn and Ferdiad in the Táin Bó Cuailnge [Cattle Raid of Cooley]. See also the spectral figure of Irish and Scottish Gaelic folklore, the *washer at the ford...

bean nighe

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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...clothes when some person in the neighbourhood is about to die, usually in battle; a Scottish instance of the pan-Celtic washer at the ford . The bean nighe is usually thought to be small and slender, often wearing green, sometimes with red webbed feet. She haunts desolate lakes and streams, and although she portends evil a person does better to see her before the bean nighe sees the mortal. Anyone rash enough to seize one of her hanging breasts and suck it may claim to be her foster-child and will be spared. The Caointeag of the Isle of Islay and Kintyre is...

Badb

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...later Irish folklore Badb appears to have lent much to the figure of badhbh chaointe [Ir., keening or weeping crow] , a figure who haunts battlefields and may presage death. In this function she has much in common with the banshee . Her name is commemorated in the Co. Kerry townland of Lisbabe [Ir. lios baidbhe , Badb's fort] , near Aghadoe, named for the ancient ruin once thought to be Badb's residence. See also BÁNÁNACH ; BOCÁNACH ; WASHER AT THE FORD . See Charles Donahue , ‘The Valkyries and the Irish War Goddesses’, PMLA 56 (1941), 381–409;...

banshee

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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...hundred families boasted of their own banshee. A Welsh counterpart is the cyhyraeth . See also AÍBELL ; ANGAU ; ANKOU ; CLÍDNA ; DEATH COACH ; GLAISTIG ; WASHER AT THE FORD . Patricia Lysaght , ‘Irish Banshee Traditions’, Béaloideas , 42–4 (1974–6); ‘An Bhean Chaointe: The Supernatural Woman in Irish Folklore’, Éire-Ireland , 14 (4) (Winter 1979), 7–29; The Banshee: The Supernatural Death-Messenger (Dublin,...

Mórrígan

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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...Co. Meath. She may be the old woman implied in the Hebridean whirlpool of Corry-Vreckan , popularly known as the ‘cauldron of the old woman’. Commentators have seen parallels between Mórrígan and the Sumerian/Babylonian earth-goddess Innini/ Innana/ Inanna as well as the Valkyries of Norse tradition, who also take avian form as swans . Folk motif: A485.1. See also MÓR MUMAN ; WASHER AT THE FORD . See William M. Hennessy , ‘The Ancient Irish Goddess of War’, Revue Celtique , 1 (1870), 32–55; Charles Donahue , ‘The Valkyries and the Irish War Goddesses’, ...

Climate Control

Climate Control   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather (2 ed.)

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...Recent advances in the efficiency of appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, and dishwashers have reduced their contribution to building energy consumption. For example, the average annual electricity consumption of new refrigerators in the United States grew CLIMATE CONTROL. Figure 1. Since 1947 the volume of American refrigerators has steadily increased as seen by the volume scale on the right-hand axis of the figure. Energy use per unit has steeply declined following the energy crisis of 1973 and is tracked on the left-hand axis....

Kitchens

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Lynn Marie Houston

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2 ed.)

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...needed. Gilbreth's conclusions—that despite many advances, the kitchen lacked efficient organization—prompted many manufacturers of kitchen equipment to “streamline” the kitchen. Gilbreth's legacy remains the basic reorganization of kitchens. Designs continue to use the triangle arrangement of sink, refrigerator, and stove. After World War II, every kitchen needed increased electrical service to meet the demands of new stoves, refrigerators, freezers, kitchen fans, dishwashers, clothes washers, garbage disposals, and a host of small equipment. Old kitchens...

invention, inventors, and design

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Science, Technology, and Society

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...laundry machines will last longer and wash clothes to a higher standard than a mass commodity washer made for the American market. Sometimes a device will become more successful when a company with a hard-won aura of quality lowers the bar to make a more affordable version. For example, Polaroid has found that its cheap i-Zone pocket camera, which produces low-quality, stamplike images, enjoys a huge success among teenage girls, who use the pictures as stickers. The Interaction of Design and Society It should be clear now that society is integrally connected...

Martin Mary

Martin Mary   Reference library

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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... in the two-hander I Do! I Do! , which ran for 560 performances. In the 70s she did more straight theatre and won a Peabody Award for the television film Valentine . After her husband’s death in 1973, Martin moved to Palm Springs to be near her friend Janet Gaynor , but returned to New York in 1977 to star with Ethel Merman in a benefit performance of Together Again . In the early 80s, Martin and Gaynor were severely injured in an horrific taxicab crash in San Francisco which took the life of her longtime aide Ben Washer. Martin recovered to receive the...

Company Towns in the United States

Company Towns in the United States   Reference library

Hardy Green

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Urban History

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2019
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...machines to Ford automobiles. • Meatpacking towns, again notably located in the Midwest, near the supply of hogs and cattle. • Copper and hard-rock mining towns in the West. • Towns devoted to the production of munitions and hardware needed for World War II—notably the secret town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Company-Town Problem So dramatic and disruptive were two late- 19th-century strikes—the bloody 1892 work stoppage at Carnegie Steel’s Homestead, Pennsylvania, works; and the 1894 nationwide railroad strike kicked off by wage cuts at legendary...

Communicating about Climate Change with Corporate Leaders and Stakeholders

Communicating about Climate Change with Corporate Leaders and Stakeholders   Reference library

Andrew J. Hoffman

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication

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2018
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...GHGs from cars on the road. Many appliance companies see climate change as an opportunity to provide more energy efficient washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and lighting to a consumer market that is searching for climate solutions within their own home. The construction industry is witnessing increased demand for energy-efficient buildings, particularly as clients seek sustainably certified buildings from groups like the U.S. Green Building Council, Energy Star, Green Globes, Minergie, BREEAM, Green Star, and CASBEE. And the agriculture sector...

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