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magnificent1rascal
Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012 11:30:27 AM

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This is a neat little item I stumbled across recently. It seems that Geoffrey Chaucer, he of The Canterbury Tales, is responsible for a good number of words we still use today although he lived in the 1300s and wrote in Middle English. A clever fellow, that one!


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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 10:41:32 AM

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I had no idea he invented Twitter...the man truly was ahead of his time...

Interesting collection of words he got there...a "proem?" Is that like a prose poem or something?

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magnificent1rascal
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 11:12:06 AM

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I had to look that one up. study

It means preface or prologue. Proem isn't used much anymore, at least in my circles, so it seems an odd choice for inclusion in the word cloud.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:46:31 PM

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magnificent1rascal wrote:
Proem isn't used much anymore, at least in my circles, so it seems an odd choice for inclusion in the word cloud.


Can't recall the last time I used poppet, caterwaul, or fattish either...interesting that the word "future" is included...

Apparently there was no future before Chaucer...dontknow

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Even if old Geoffrey couldn't spell 'Jeffrey' worth a lick, that he came up with both 'crude' and 'dotard' leads one to the strong suspicion that, though knocking around way back when, he was shanneling me here in the 21st century

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