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Thu, 12 May 2005

Le Mort d’ Arthur

— SjG @ 9:06 pm

Thomas Malory, 1470, edition published by William Caxton, reprinted as an eBook from BlackMask.com

Top ten archaic words from Mort d’ Arthur that deserve to be brought back into the common lexicon:

  1. dight: orderly, proper, or adorned. “And at the last he entered into a chamber that was marvellously and well dight and richly…”
  2. maugre: in spite of, notwithstanding. “… yet had I liefer die in this prison with worship, than to have one of you to my paramour maugre my head.”
  3. hight: to call or name. “It was a king that hight Meliodas, and he was lord and king of the country of Liones…”
  4. liefer: prefer, rather. “…for there is no knight that I saw this seven years that I had liefer ado withal than with him.”
  5. wood: mad, insane, raving. “Then was the king wood wroth that he had no knights to answer him.”
  6. yede: past tense of to go. “Then he yede and armed him and horsed him in the best manner.”
  7. siker: certain, secure. “So was there sikerness made on both parties that no treason should be wrought on neither party; …”
  8. paynim: Pagan, non-Christian, especially Saracen or Muslim. “Then the damosel sent unto Corsabrin, and bade him go unto Sir Palomides that was a paynim as well as he…”
  9. sithen: since. “Now tell me your name, sith ye be a lover, or else I shall do battle with you.”
  10. chiertee: tenderness, affection, cheerfulness. “Howbeit it hath liked her good grace to have me in chiertee, and to cherish me more than any other knight…”
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