Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Wordnik Word of the Day: couple-beggar

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. Yes, I'm a little behind on this one.

The Wordnik Word of the Day for August 12, 2010 is was


(noun) One who makes it his business to unite beggars in marriage; a hedge-priest.

A 'couple-beggar' was originally a person who officiated marriages between criminals in the notorious Fleet Prison in London.


"Casey's bodyguard, who tied Andy neck and heels, and in that helpless state he witnessed the marriage ceremony performed by the 'couple-beggar,' between Casey and the girl he had looked upon as his own five minutes before."

- Handy Andy, a Tale of Irish Life, by Samuel Lover