Did you know how the word ‘mascot originated?
A mascot is an object, animal or person chosen to represent a group or team to bring them luck and to promote their identity.
French composer Edmond Audran wrote hit operetta, La Mascotte in 1880, about farm girl Bettina who brought good luck to all around her, as long as she remained a virgin.
The title was taken from a Provençal slang word ‘masco’, meaning witch.
As the show grew in popularity, the word was adopted around Europe to describe a person or object which brings good fortune.