"Godspeed, John Glenn." という言葉を何かで聞いたか読んだかして以来、"Godspeed"という言葉が気になって仕方がなくなってしまった。辞書で調べれば、「幸運や安全を祈願する言葉」ということは分かる。でもなぜ"speed"なのか？
When John Glenn was getting ready to launch, after many delays and sitting on that launch pad forEVER, Scott Carpenter (who was also an astronaut and was the designated capsule communicator for the Glenn mission) said, "Godspeed, John Glenn." For years, I have wondered about this phrase. WTF? What does Godspeed mean? In fact, I thought he was saying "God speed, John Glenn." Which made it even more confusing. I queried Pa about this phrase, thinking he might know. He didn't. But he was sitting with a laptop in his lap. Ahem. So I told him to google it.
Godspeed apparently comes from Middle English, and can also be written God spede. It basically means good luck. I wish you good fortune. Something like that. It has nothing to do with being fast or God being particularly speedy. It's a simple blessing, a bit of hope for good old Glenn as he rockets out into space and circles the globe for the first time. And as I heard these words and watched that rocket take off, I was transported back in time and felt like I really was sitting there, watching Glenn begin our journey to the moon. Why does this stuff make me so dreamy and hopeful? I don't know. But it sure works.
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