KJ just used the term bellwether in our meeting. I’d never heard this term before and I liked the sound of it. I hopped on Wikipedia for clarity on the word’s meaning and to get some of the back story. I like to know where terms come from…the word’s etymology.
“A bellwether is any entity in a given arena that serves to create or influence trends or to presage future happenings.”
So that’s pretty clear. Now about the etymology.
“The term is derived from the Middle English bellwether and refers to the practice of placing a bell around the neck of a castrated ram (a wether) leading his flock of sheep. The movements of the flock could be noted by hearing the bell before the flock was in sight.”
I can’t wait to find ways to use the word in my own conversations. How could you use this word today?