The Transformation of the word Unicorn?
Did you know that there are 2 places in the world as well as the LGBTQ pride, and Jesus Christ all that have the word unicorn in common? This might sound crazy, but when you think about it, only a magnificent creature of such myth could be utilized for such a wide arrange of contexts.
The use of the word Unicorn in history
Since the early 1200’s (according to the books) the word unicorn has been used to describe either a person or thing that is quite rare and of high value to the rest of society. This could be a person that is extremely special to you or a startup of a company worth a large amount.
When we take a closer look at the word unicorn, we can derive it from history also as the word comes from the Latin word “unicornis” which literally translates to “having one horn” where; “uni” translates to “one” and “cornu” meaning “horn”.
As we wrote above that the description and tales of unicorns aren't evidenced until the in United Kingdom’s Middle Ages, it has been shown earlier in ancient Greek tales which stem back to as early as the 4th century. At that time the mythical creature was described as an animal being similar to a donkey with a multi-colored single horn on its head. Shortly after those tales, similar stories came up in India and it’s neighboring countries.
So then, how did the unicorn become the national animal of Scotland?
From what’s read above, it seems highly unlikely that the unicorn would ever become the national animal of Scotland, but it did.
While the Middle Ages were in full effect, the unicorn and it’s symbol, become known and would eventually strongly signify the animal of pure hearts and it’s power used for healing and restoration purposes. Only able to be tamed by a virgin and when it came to the religious signification, it would stand for purity and chastity. Although Scotland and England had it’s differences in the past (and fought countless of wars over territory and regions), in the end the 2 strong nations were actually joining forces using the symbol of a Lion (which represented England) and Scotland (which was naturally symbolized as the unicorn).
Last but not least, in 1488 the golden coins used as currency by the whole of Scotland as currency were in the common tongue also referred to as unicorns… because reasons.
Rainbows and Unicorns?
Unicorns were first associated with rainbows around the early 18th century, where they were romanticized with majestic fantasies which can still be found on many forms of media today. Think about “My Little Pony” or even just type the word in Google and you’ll know exactly what we are referring to.
Aside from media, the LGBTQ movement that became more active during the 1980’s used the unicorn symbol as a form of pride and was used during a number of protests. The LGBTQ movement however did not merely use the unicorn in association with power, but also for it’s magical and fabulous traits.
Another way they used the unicorn symbol, although it’s a bit more on the less known ground is that of a community that uses the word as slang for describing women of a bisexual nature that sleep with an existing couple without any expectation of intimacy emotionally. As a unicorn, these people are hard to find and thus comes the reference.
Ventures and Unicorns?
Another way that unicorns are used in today’s modern society is by associating them with ventures that are worth over one billion dollars. It’s similarly rare that companies are valued at this level and so, big companies such as Spotify and popular Youtube Channels including Buzzfeed and Taste would fall under this category.
Companies that are somewhat larger compared to those ventures mentioned above go up to a scale of 10 and are referred to as decacorns. When it comes to decacorns you can imagine companies such as Snapchat, Uber and also Starbucks.
The last scale that are another 10 times bigger are mostly comprised of technological giant companies whose revenue is within the hundreds of billions such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple (used to be). These companies would be referred to as of the hectocorn status.
Unicorns and Fashion (statements).
Since the early 2010’s the unicorn became more and more of an icon found in daily life as well where manufacturers from all over Asia started to hype up a great number of products that were all about sparkles and the fabulous looks of the unicorn. There are dozens of online retailers that offer products with designs signifying the majestic and magical aspects of this mythical creature.
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