Thursday, January 17, 2013


Meaning: listed by the OED as unrequited, it turns out that this rather poetical word probably means 'unpaid'. I think Sir Thomas would appreciate that.

Usefulness: 1 (For sheer beauty; "we the unforgolden..." may well increase receipts if introduced to your debtor's statements.)

Logofascination: 1 (We're talking some old Anglo-Saxon language here; so old that I've had to find whole new websites to look it up, and having found them, am still not quite sure what the etymology is.)

In the wild: No, but googling will lead you to a number of Ye Olde language websites.

Degrees: 3 (it's been weeks since I've done a 3-degrees word)

Connections: (unforgolden - unpaid - paid)

Which is used in: G&P, Book the First, XI: Of the youthful age of Gargantua. Concerning Gargantua from ages three to five, this chapter says that among other things, Gargantua
by robbing Peter he paid Paul, he kept the moon from the wolves, and hoped to catch larks if ever the heavens should fall.
This is a particularly gorgeous chapter in English, mainly due to Sir Thomas, who among other things says that Gargantua "ran very heartily after the butterflies, the empire whereof belonged to his father."

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