Forgotten Words

Forgotten Words #7 Gramarye

Gramarye [noun] magic; necromancy; sorcery. It has roots in Middle-English and comes from the French grammaire, which means drum-roll please… grammar.


Forgotten Words


Week seven’s forgotten word deals with two things that, as a fantasy writer, I enjoy: grammar, and magic.

Intelligence, but specifically grammar (and the ability to read/write well) has a long-standing history of being tarnished by the hoi. Women,  (from the dark ages to as recent as…well today, but in America, see the Salem Witch Trials) if caught reading or writing were often considered witches. Men were not scrutinized so much, outside of the dark ages, if they favored a learned path.


What gramarye is this?


Kacirk, Jeffrey. The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Ever Forgotten. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. 83-84. Print.