One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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A board with letters, numbers, and other signs around its edge, to which a planchette, movable pointer, or upturned glass moves, supposedly in answer to questions from people at a seance.
- ‘The Ouija board has all 26 letters of the alphabet and the numbers from 0 to 9 drawn on it.’
- ‘There was a tale told that Ouija boards held the souls of the dead within them.’
- ‘In some sense, therefore, the device allows the cursor to be a planchette in a virtual Ouija board effect.’
- ‘Your answer to the question about Ouija boards brought back a rather amusing story of my own experience with the devil board.’
- ‘It explains why the planchette, in response to questions, glides so smoothly over the Ouija board to spell answers which seem to come from spirits.’
- ‘Yup, gone are the days when contact with the spirit world involved a glass, a Ouija board and a candlelit Victorian drawing room.’
- ‘She arranged her Ouija board, her crystal, and her ‘Holy Bible’ and she was ready.’
- ‘At the time, this did not concern me because, as an 8 year old, 14 years in the future seemed an eternity, and I didn't believe in Ouija boards anyway.’
- ‘The detector was seated in front of an alphabet board modeled after the Ouija board.’
- ‘Jane's belief that she was possessed by spirits had its origin in a session with a Ouija board when it began to glide under her fingers and spell out messages from the Great Beyond.’
- ‘I had asked everyone if it was okay for me to bring my Ouija board the previous week, and even though they were all afraid of it, they said yes.’
- ‘I had seen one too many cult films about Ouija boards to get one of those but the cards seemed safe.’
- ‘She was moving so subtly that I imagined I was a giant Ouija board.’
- ‘Age scoffs at those who think this is all about Ouija boards and séances.’
- ‘One morning the bundle was inexplicably scattered about, and Fanny (an ardent spiritualist herself) consulted a Ouija board about the cause of the disruption.’
- ‘A Ouija board is used in divination and spiritualism.’
- ‘Though raised by scientists, I sometimes find Ouija boards hard to explain.’
- ‘Players uncomfortable with the possibility that they are being ‘played’ might decide to give up the Ouija board altogether.’
- ‘One thing I did believe, however, was the Ouija board.’
- ‘Though I'd been warned about Ouija boards by church youth leaders, this didn't look like anything that could hurt me.’
Late 19th century: of uncertain origin: possibly from French oui ‘yes’ + German ja ‘yes’.
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