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Swive Talkin’

For five bucks — five bucks! — I landed a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary¬† (the compact, two-volume version — but still!). The treasures it contains could consume a lifetime’s learning — and that’s just for the letter “Q.” So I have a new project: to learn a new word each day, with no thought toward practicality. Today’s word is an archaic one, that, OED tells us, was used in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: “swive.” It refers to sexual “connexion” or “copulation.” It appears to come from the same root word as “swivel.”

Hours of lexical fun await!

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