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WOW: Brownie




Monday, August 24, 2009
I bet you thought a Brownie - OBG's Word of the Week (WOW) - was just a bar of moist and chewy chocolate goodness that tastes great with a cup of tea or a big glass of milk, right? Or a group of darling 2nd and 3rd grade toothless Girl Scouts in delightful little uniforms. Well, you might be surprised to learn that a Brownie is also a legendary kind of elf popular in folklore around Scotland and England too. "Customarily brownies are said to inhabit houses and aid in tasks around the house. However, they don't like to be seen and will only work at night, traditionally in exchange for small gifts or food. They take quite a delight in porridge and honey. They usually abandon the house if their gifts are called payments, or if the owners of the house misuse them. Brownies make their homes in an unused part of the house." Who knew? In fact, the Clevelands Browns used a brownie elf (pictured above right) as their official mascot from 1946 until it was phased out in the mid-1960s.

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