By Gary Amirault
The word “Hell” is a very popular word in English. Actually it is not an English word, it is a German word. As a matter of fact, about 90 percent of the King James English is actually borrowed from Anglo-Saxon language, that is, German. The word Hell appears in many common phrases. There are even well known funny poems about Hell. A couple of them are in this article. Here are some of the phrases found on the internet with the word Hell in it:
war is hell
go to hell
hell to pay
hell-bent for leather
all hell breaks loose
what the hell
heaven and hell
run like hell
gates of hell
operator from hell
bastard operator from hell
highway to hell
life in hell
hell hath no fury
hell freezes over
bat out of hell
hell on earth
road to hell
going to hell
hotter than hell
marriage of heaven and hell
convent of hell
hell song lyrics
hell yeah lyrics
the hell song
straight to hell
circles of hell
mad as hell
the road to hell
levels of hell
the gates of hell
hell on heels
hell hath no fury like
who the hell
to hell and back
heaven or hell
sounds of hell
hotter n hell
hell in a handbasket
cowboys from hell
sum 41 hell song
the marriage of heaven and hell
problem from hell
the road to hell is paved
hell hath no fury like a woman
sounds from hell
hell is other people
burn in hell
eagles hell freezes
hell on wheels
pictures of hell
highway to hell lyrics
circle of hell
eagles hell freezes over
the road to hell is paved with
long hard road out of hell
hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
road to hell is paved with good intentions
here today gone to hell
roomies from hell
meatloaf bat out of hell
bored as hell
escape from hell
funny as hell
drumkit from hell
season in hell
shut the hell up
hell to pay
heaven from hell
college roomies from hell
t shirts from hell
hell is for heroes
i’m mad as hell
jazz from hell
hell in a hand basket
life is hell
harlem hell fighters
crazy as hell
see you in hell
is hell exothermic
hell is for children
between heaven and hell
run like hell walkthrough
level of hell
what is hell
to hell with dying
this is hell
the hell song lyrics
hell fire club
ac dc highway to hell
truth about hell
hell in the cell
the yaoi hell
got to hell
hell t shirts
what the hell is going on
from hell dvd
descent into hell
hounds of hell
revelation of hell
lyrics hell yeah
proverbs of hell
reign in hell
so you think you can tell heaven from hell
sum 41 the hell song
god of hell fire
babes from hell
hell or high water
bat out of hell lyrics
when hell freezes over
shores of hell
neighbours from hell
fun from hell
mr hats hell hole
hell yeah remix
cold day in hell
run like hell xbox
heaven & hell
raise a little hell
movie from hell
mr hell show
arpeggios from hell
all hell breaks loose
Did you know that the secular meaning behind the word Hell simply meant “hidden, out of sight?” Yep, in the ancient German, when two young folks went to a dark place to hide for some necking, the “went to hel,” they hid somewhere. Our English words helmut, hall, hole, heel, hall all stem from the German word hele. The religious meaning of the word Hell came from Germany too, actually Teutonic mythology. Hele was a goddess of the underworld in ancient folklore.
Here’s some info from the “About” site:
Hel is the name of the Norse underworld, and its ruler. Hel/Hela, in Norse mythology, was the hideous daughter of the Giant Loki, banished to the netherworld, Helheim (literally, ‘house of Hel’), world of the dead, by the Chief God, Odin. The distinctive looking Goddess, whose skin is black on one side, rules over the dead until Ragnarok and the coming birth of the new world.
Hel is sister of Fenris, the wolf, and Jormungand, the world-serpent.
The name for the Christian world of torment is derived from Hela’s abode. Unlike the Christian version, however, Hel’s realm was home to all who did not die in battle- miserable as it was, good behavior wasn’t any more likely to get one a reprieve. Helheim’s entrance works only in one direction- once one has entered, even a God, one cannot leave- like the Greek Hades, Helheim is guarded by a monstrous hound, and encircled by an impassable river. According to legend, the dead will remain in Hel’s kingdom until the last days of Ragnarok.
All that being said, the only true phrase that suits my fancy is “There ain’t no hell,” at least not anything like the Hellfire preachers or the Islamic clerics teach. I believe that because I’ve studied this one little ole word more than any of the preachers I know that love to damn folks to this mythical place. Two Internet sites are loaded with the FACTS about Hell:
This one has a lot of material too:
Check ’em out!
Here are the Hell poems:
Just What the Hell is “Hell?”
By Gary Amirault
There once was a time, ’twas plain to see
Just what the hell, Hell was meant to be.
But then theologians got into the act
And Hell no longer was a simple fact.
Hell formerly was a dark hidden space
Imperceivable, covered, a true hiding place.
It could be a place, as crude as a shed
Or could be a helmet, to cover your head.
Smoochers and kissers oft needed a hell
For hidden in darkness, no one could tell.
Hall, hole, and hull come from the same root
Along with a heel covered with a boot.
“Too simple!” So theologians once said
And now from their scheming, confusion has spread.
They hired the Dantes and Michaelangelos
To paint pretty pictures of many great woes
Fire and torment, with much superstition
Was added to pagan mythology and fiction.
The Goddess of Hel from Norse mythology
Became Satan, hero of most eschatology.
Jesus the Savior, delivered mankind
He came not for few, but for ALL men to find.
His portion became a rather small lot
While most of mankind, in Hell-fire would rot.
The way to this Hell became broad and wide
The gift of God’s grace was at its low tide.
Clothes, creeds and days, the right denomination
Became the sole means, the way to salvation.
Gehenna, Hades, Tartaroo, and Sheol
All became places that could swallow your soul.
Preachers now had us, right where they wanted
“Obey or to Hell with you” they often taunted.
Countless denominations of devilish preachers
Forsook the Gift and became Satan’s teachers.
Thousands of ways of deliverance from “Hell”
In common they all have a self-righteous smell.
“Finished” He cried, “I will draw all mankind”
The Father’s desire, “all saved” in His mind.
The task He was given, He accomplished it all
And as His witness, He commissioned St. Paul.
Paul’s Gospel was different, it’s easy to tell
Because never once did he use the word “hell.”
So “hell” is no more, it’s becoming a bore
It’s taking its place along with common folklore.
Punish he will, for our Father is just
In age-long correction, you surely can trust.
On vindictive torment our Father’s not bent
Mercy will, yes! triumph over judgment.
Here is another Hell poem:
By James Whitcomb Reilly
Oh Hell–just what is meant by this word Hell.
They say sometimes it’s cold as Hell,
Sometimes they say it’s hot as Hell.
When it rains they say it’s Hell they cry,
And it’s Hell when it’s dry.
They hate like Hell to see it snow,
It’s a Hell of a wind when it starts to blow.
Now how in the world can anyone tell,
What in the Hell they mean by this word Hell.
This mad life is Hell they say,
When he comes in late, there’s Hell to pay.
When she starts to yell it’s a Hell of a note,
And it’s Hell when the kids you have to tote.
It’s Hell when the doctor sends you his bills,
For a Hell of a lot of trips and pills.
And when you get this you will know real well,
Just what is meant by this word Hell.
Hell yes, Hell no, and oh Hell too,
The Hell you don’t and the Hell you do.
And what Hell of a Hell it is,
The Hell with yours and the Hell with His.
Now where in the Hell and oh Hell where,
And what the Hell do you think I care.
But the Hell of it is it’s sure as Hell,
That we don’t know what in the Hell is Hell.