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The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: J is for Juggernaut

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

My posts in the The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge are all about interesting words. Words that are weird, intriguing, poetic or just plain cool.


J is for Juggernaut

A juggernaut is a huge, overpowering force or entity; something completely unstoppable. The word actually derives from the Hindi name Jagannatha which means "lord of the world" (jagat = world, natha = lord). Juggernaut/Jagannatha is an aspect of the god Krishna.

The sense of an unstoppable force came because of the form of Krishna worshipped in Puri, Orissa. During festivals an image of Krishna is carried through the streets in a heavy chariot under the wheels of which devotees were said to have thrown themselves.

Also a Marvel Comics character.



Archaeopteryx Blunderbuss Chthonic Dreadnought Entropy Fulgurite Gargantua Humbucking Ichthyic Juggernaut

17 comments:

  1. It is also my mum! Take care
    x

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  2. Thanks, Selim!

    Old Kitty - Juggernaut is your mum? Woh!

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  3. ...and a Write1Sub1 January award. =] Great series, Simon!

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  4. Juggernaut is a pretty coold word indeed. Something I would aspire to.

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  5. I'm not sure why, but to me the word doesn't fit the meaning. When I hear the word juggernaut the image of juggling clowns pops into my head o_O

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  6. Interesting post Simon. I wanna be a juggernaut when I grow up! ;)

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  7. It just sounds powerful and intimidating. Great word!

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  8. Hi Simon .. I immediately think of huge huge trucks .. careering down the motorway ..

    Interesting to hear where it came from - I'd have never have known ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  9. Hilary - The word has that meaning too, of course. Now we know why!

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  10. I was a big fan of Juggernaut as an X-Men villain. I like your theme for the challenge.

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  11. Bookblogger - Thanks! I'll be on over to yours ASAP ...

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