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  • v. An Old English word meaning 'to lie awake before dawn and worry'

    February 10, 2013

  • A word was spoke by folk long dead

    That names the fears of a care-tossed bed.

    It tells of terrors spun

    While awaiting the sun,

    Wound in the folds of fierce dawn-dread.

    March 7, 2014

  • Despite the comment of 02/10/2013 below, I think this word is better understood as a noun. It’s only appearance in print is in the Old English poem “The Wife’s Lament” where it is glossed with the following note:

    Line 7b

    'uhtceare' - The period just before dawn, a time when the Anglo-Saxon imagination felt grief was particularly potent. Klinck finds 'an element of sexual deprivation'.

    January 19, 2016

  • Pronounced- oot-key-are-a

    January 19, 2016

  • A hapax legomenon.

    September 7, 2018