I thought I'd look this up. Scott's Daily Groove mentioned the history of
the words weird/worth. The idea to make a list with these in mind is pretty
cool too. So sure enough.. weird is connected to worth and it's good:

weird O.E. wyrd "fate, destiny" (n.), lit. "that which comes," from P.Gmc.
*wurthis (cf. O.S. wurd, O.H.G. wurt "fate," O.N. urðr "fate, one of the
three Norns"), from PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," (cf. Ger. werden, O.E.
weorðan "to become"), from base *wer- "to turn, bend" (see versus). For
sense development from "turning" to "becoming," cf. phrase turn into
"become." The modern sense of weird developed from M.E. use of weird sisters
for the three fates or Norns (in Gmc. mythology), the goddesses who
controlled human destiny. They were usually portrayed as odd or frightening
in appearance, as in "Macbeth," which led to the adj. meaning "odd-looking,
uncanny," first recorded 1815.

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From: Scott Noelle - The Daily Groove <lists@...>
Date: Sep 29, 2008 6:04 AM
Subject: [Daily Groove] Weird Is Good!

THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle

:: Weird Is Good! ::

Our culture is full of contradictions. For example,
it's good to be unique and original, but it's not good
to go too far off the beaten path... "Don't be *weird*!"

But aren't uniqueness and originality weird by

So let's settle this once and for all: It's *good* to
be weird! In fact, the words *weird* and *worthy* have
the same root. (Really!)

If you subscribe to "The Daily Groove," you're
probably a weird parent. You don't *do* conventional
parenting, and you probably get strange looks from
parents who do. If you think they think you're weird,
it's because they do!

But only because YOU ARE! :-)

So get a piece of paper and write "Weird Things I Do"
along the top, then make a list... a LONG list.

When you're done, cross out "Weird Things I Do" and
change it to "Things I Appreciate About Myself!"

Now, whenever someone points out your weirdness, you
can proudly agree and accept the compliment: "Thanks!" :-)


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