An Old Feature with a New Twist
On this blog, we often used to like to feature particular words that we thought might be of use to proofreaders and copy-editors. We also liked to bring up words that might be of interest to general readers. Most often, we would just focus on words that we happened to like, regardless of relevance or usefulness.
Over time, we rather forgot about this section. Sad, I know, but life got in the way. We think that’s rather a shame, so we’re bringing the words back. Ta dah! Here they are!
A slight twist this time, though. We’ve enlisted the help of our friend Lavinia Collins to come up with a new format: Medieval Word of the Week. They may not appear exactly once a week – it’s more likely that they’ll go up as and when we feel like it; we’re a rebellious lot, us proofreaders and editors – but that seemed like a snappy title.
So, here goes. We hope you enjoy it.
Medieval Word of the Week
Welcome to Lavinia’s Medieval Word of the Week! We’re always making new words, but we’re also always losing old ones. Fear not! I have trawled the texts of the past to bring you the juiciest morsels!
This week’s word is: Lemman.
What does it mean? The MED defines it as ‘A loved one of the opposite sex: (a) a paramour, lover’. Lovely.
How should I use it? Lemman is a wonderful word because it can be used of anyone! Fine knights have their lemmans, as do those of the peasant classes. Ladies have ’em, men have ’em – it’s truly an equal opportunities term. It can also be used of your spiritual beloved, if you have one of those. So whack it out in conversation!
Use it in a sentence:
1) I met my lemman in a goodly bower and he wooed me with great song.
2) I met my lemman on Tinder.
3) He has long been my lemman, but since he got Pokémon Go I am not so sure about him.
4) In truth, my cat is my lemman, and I am not sorry about it.