Discussion in 'English Only' started by celine713, Oct 19, 2006.
Is there any shades of difference between them? Is any one of them archaic and out of use? Thanks!
Charm - very common, generally recognised, everyone knows what a charm is;
Talisman - a lot less common, perhaps somewhat literary;
Amulet - uncommon, archaeological.
A rabbit's foot could be a charm, might possibly be a talisman, but is definitely not an amulet.
Amulet - any magical or protective item of jewelry.
Talisman - any portable object with magical properties.
Charm - an ornamental piece of jewelry which is attached to a bracelet, necklace, or earring.
Hi, panjandrum, thanks for your hint, here is a link that might surprise you for it says:"
A rabbit's foot is the foot of a rabbit. In American folklore, a rabbit's foot is carried as an amulet believed to bring good luck.
Well, I thought they were all some attachments or accessories
Thanks River, look at what I have found,
amulet: object worn, especially around the neck, as a charm against evil or injury.
charm: An item worn for its supposed magical benefit, as in warding off evil; an amulet.
talisman: An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.
So, to summarize, their shared meaning is an object that should be appended on in order to activate the magical power?
There is a current use of the word "charm" that has nothing to do with magic. Women and girls in the U.S. collect "charms" - little figures or symbols - and have them added to a "charm bracelet." It is more an accumulation of symbols of favorite objects and it's a fashion accessory, not an amulet to ward off evil.
They look like this: http://www.candbtreasures.com/pirate_charm_bracelete.JPG
"Amulet" is not used often to describe fashion jewelry, but it can be, and not necessarily having anything to do with warding off evil. It does usually relate to an object that's similar in appearance to a magical amulet, though (or people's concept of what a magical amulet looks like).
"Talisman", though, I've only heard used to mean a magical object, usually in fantasy novels or role-playing games.
Thank you very much it's clearer now!
Is it the same to say "lucky charm," or "good luck charm" instead of "charm" in question? Thanks.
In what question?
The first two are probably the same, but they are specific types of "charm" so you couldn't simply use them in all contexts to replace "charm".
Separate names with a comma.