In order to answer this question, I went to Dictionary.com and looked up the definitions of amulet and talisman. (I would’ve preferred the OED, but it costs money to join.) Ever since I started writing these blogposts about amulets, talismans and charms I’ve wondered what the difference is. Now we will find out.
a small object worn to ward off evil, harm, or illness or to bring good fortune; protecting charm.
Origin: 1595–1605; (< Middle French amulete )< Latin amulētum
1. a stone, ring, or other object, engraved with figures or characters supposed to possess occult powers and worn as an amulet or charm.
2. any amulet or charm.
3. anything whose presence exercises a remarkable or powerful influence on human feelings or actions.
Origin: 1630–40; < French or Spanish≪Arabic ṭilasm<Greek télesma payment, equivalent to teles- (variant stem of teleîn to complete, perform) + -ma noun suffix of result
I’ve done tons of research on this subject, and I’ve read magazine articles saying chocolate has a mighty powerful influence on human feelings, so it appears that my Dove bar is a talisman. What do you think?