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  • A word meaning "education" that Chaucer used once - a hapax legomenon - in The Reeve's Tale:

    She was as digne as water in a dich,

    She was as haughty as water in a ditch,

    And ful of hoker and of bisemare.

    And full of disdain and of scorn.

    Hir thoughte that a lady sholde hire spare,

    She thought that a lady should be aloof,

    What for hire kynrede and hir nortelrie

    Considering her family and her education

    That she hadde lerned in the nonnerie.

    Which she had learned in the nunnery.

    September 17, 2008