Thursday, April 30, 2015

Word of the Day: epistling

The Oxford English Dictionary ’s Word of the Day is the noun epistling:

Chiefly literary or humorous. Now rare.

The action or practice of writing letters; (also) epistolary matter, correspondence.
The earliest recorded use is from Thomas Nashe’s Haue with you to Saffron-Walden (1596): “Heere’s a packet of Epistling, as bigge as a Packe of Woollen cloth.” That’s some bigge correspondence.

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comments: 2

Sean said...

These days, taking the time to write letters by hand sometimes feels like I'm epistling in the wind.

The Crow said...

No doubt purchased from a purveyor of epistolarian instruments and materiel.