Leprechaun is a type of fairy commonly known in Irish traditions. The fairy leprechaun is usually disguised as an old man garbed in green or red coat and is a shenanigan. In Irish mythology, Leprechauns, like other fairy creatures, have also been linked to the Tuatha Dé Danann. The leprechauns are known as cobblers, who makes shoes and the gold coins they get, in return are stored in a hidden gold pot at the end of the rainbow. Whenever they are caught by humans, Leprechauns grant three wishes in exchange of their release. Leprechauns are often depicted in books and movies as short heighted with a hat and a beard, although they have been perceived to be the tallest creatures among the mount dwellers.

The word leprechaun is derived from Irish word leipreachán, which is defined by Patrick Dinneen as a sprite, pigmy or leprechaun. The deeper derivation of it is much uncertain. Some of the sources suggest that the word is linked with corruption of the Middle Irish luchrupán. Luchrupán is derived from Old Irish luchorpán which is known as a compound of the roots (lú –small) and corp (body). The influence of Ecclesiastical Latin on Irish language is obvious from the root corp, which was adapted from Latin corpus. For word leprechaun there have been different spellings used in English that include ‘leprehaun’, ‘lepreehawn’ and ‘lubrican’. The first English spelled leprechaun was used in the comedy, The Honest Whore Part 2 in 1604 by Dekker. It was used as, “As for your Irish lubrican, that spirit / whom by preposterous charms thy lust hath rais’d / in a wrong circle.”


Fantasizing About Time Travel: Influencing the Past and Future

Fantasizing about time travel is a popular hobby of youngsters and adults alike. There are a multitude of fictional stories and novels which incorporate time travel as the central theme or as an idea that runs alongside the main concept.

When circumstances do not seem to favor us, we wish to go back to the past and relive the entire scenario in a way that will alter the outcome of the events. Historical analysts have been heard commenting on how they would like to travel to the era of World War I and murder Hitler before he could perpetrate the holocaust. Then there are people who do not want to revisit the past with the intention of influencing or changing the course of events but only to re-experience memorable events or indulge in meeting people who have passed away.

The past is not the only time zone which seems alluring to those who dream of being able to travel in time. Of course there are many reasons why we wish to jump into the future. The most common reason is to take a sneak peek into how the world would be a number of years from today.

Curiosity is an innate characteristic of most people and sometimes we just want to know what the future holds for us. A mother may wish to see what her child will grow up to be. A man may wish to see if he will be able to actualize his personal and professional aspirations. Many young girls wish to see what their life partner would be like, only because they do not have the patience to wait.

Sometimes one wishes to leap into the future, make a few changes that will make present circumstances more relevant and then return to living in current times, with the surety that their actions today have a relevance to the world of tomorrow. For example, an author may want to step into the future and ensure that future generations still enjoy reading. This will ensure that the books the author writes today will continue to be valued in future.

Irrespective of whether one has righteous or evil reasons to time travel; even in fictitious references, time travel has been portrayed as tricky business which requires an individual to be cautious about his actions in other time zones. Being too meddlesome can cause damages beyond our imaginations.  However, in reality, time travel is not exactly a possibility, at least not yet!