So goes the new song by Shakira. (And if you haven’t seen the video, I have included it below because it is hotter than a hootchie’s cootchie–the girl can move, dayum!)
Anyhoo, this isn’t going to be a missive on how we all have a she wolf in the closet (and who among us doesn’t have an inner freak that needs to be let loose sometimes??). It’s a vocabulary lesson, and you will feel so much smarter having learned this, I am certain of it.
As I do whenever a song catches my fancy (or, as those who ride often in the car with me will attest, when a song comes along that I will PLAY TO DEATH) I look up the lyrics. And I was surprised by a word in the lyrics to She Wolf.
“A domesticated girl that’s all you ask of me
Darling it’s no joke, this is LYCANTHROPY…”
What on Earth is lycanthropy and why is such a multi-syllabic word in a Shakira song? This is the question that raced through my mind, and is no doubt racing through yours as well.
Well…I always strive to give everyone their click worth, so I found out.
- In folklore, the magical ability to assume the form and characteristics of a wolf.
- A delusion that one has become or assumed the characteristics of a wolf or other animal.
Now there, don’t you feel smarter?