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

couple-beggar

http://www.wordnik.com/words/couple-beggar

(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.

Example:

"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



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