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The Holy Grail? Where does the word Grail come from?
« on: 12 August, 2010, 08:34:31 AM »
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Why is Grail only used for the Holy Grail.

Can any cup be (or, in the past, was any cup) called a Grail?

Why don't we say "Another Grail of Tea, Vicar?"

I can't think of any other word in English even remotely like Grail.

What is the word Grail's history?

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Re: The Holy Grail? Where does the word Grail come from?
« Reply #1 on: 12 August, 2010, 10:48:05 AM »
holy grail comes from sang réal, meaning royal blood punned into san graal, meaning holy grail. the "grail" itself refers to the blood rather than to the cup in which it was caught.
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Re: The Holy Grail? Where does the word Grail come from?
« Reply #2 on: 12 August, 2010, 11:56:35 PM »
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Spryte, that makes emminent sense.

There was a converstaion recently down at the Brewer's Arms that suggested that Christ was jabbed in the side with
a spear (hence the blood flow, hence the cup) purely because the Sabbath was coming up and they had to finish their business
by sunset.

Strange what civisilation could (can) get up to.

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