Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Wordnik Word of the Day for October 5, 2010

I thought as I came across notable words from Wordnik's Word of the Day service, I'd post them here. Short and sweet. Here you go.

The Wordnik Word of the Day for October 5, 2010 is:

bedel

In the medieval universities, a servant of a 'nation' or faculty (each of which companies elected two, an upper and a lower, termed the esquire bedel and the yeoman bedel, terms showing the classes from which they were chosen), whose duties were to apportion the 'schools' or lecture-rooms and the chapters of the colleges and halls, to cry the days and hours of the lectures, to publish and carry out the decrees of the company, to march before the rector, dean, or proctor with a silver mace on occasions of ceremony.

'Bedel' has the alternate spelling of 'beadle' and comes from the Old English 'bydel,' meaning herald or messenger.

Example:

"Salaried officers of the company were a secretary, a bookkeeper, a husband (or as we would say, an accountant), and a bedel or messenger."