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#atozchallenge -Y for Yclept - Corinne O'Flynn

Yclept: (ih-klept) Called or named. (Also ycleped.)

Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Yclept Desire ;)

How’s that for a glimpse at antiquity?

Those charming little missives ycleped valentines.

Reading about this word brought me back to high school english when we had to read Chaucer’s CANTERBURY TALES and memorize the prologue:

Whan that aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

Which went on for a total of forty-two lines of impossible (to our modern eyes) prose found here

Can you imagine speaking like this?

Greetings, I am yclept Corinne.  ;) 

My Y Read: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

My Y Listen: You Know I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse

About the Author Corinne

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  1. What a great word! I too memorized the prologue to CT and had to learn to read/speak Middle English. I think it was a good thing, stretched the brain, but I’m glad we don’t talk like that any more!

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