In remembrance of the Last Supper, Christians mark today as Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday in some Protestant churches.
“Maundy” refers to the ceremony of washing the feet of the poor commemorating Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet on the night of the Last Supper.
The Word of the Day maudlin comes from the biblical character Mary Magdalene, who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears. She was also a witness to Jesus’ crucifixion and the empty tomb. h/t Wordsmith.org
Etymology: After Mary Magdalene, who was a follower of Jesus.
In medieval art, she was depicted as a penitent weeping for her sins, and her name became synonymous with tearful sentimentality.
The name Magdalene means “of Magdala” in Greek and is derived after a town on the Sea of Galilee. The name Magdala, in turn, means tower in Aramaic. So maudlin was coined after a person, who was named after a place, which was named after a thing.
In an allusion to her earlier life, Mary Magdalene’s name has sprouted another eponym, magdalene, meaning a reformed prostitute.