The obscure word of the week is manciple

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One of the more obscure English words I’ve found is manciple.

It means someone who buys provisions for a college.

Your challenge? Use today’s obscure word in a sentence, down in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “The obscure word of the week is manciple

  1. I thought I’d seen this word before, in connection with Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. And sure enough, “The Manciple’s Tale” is part of that work. And now I know what a manciple is. (Have to admit I haven’t read Chaucer).

    1. That would make this word absolutely original English, I guess – after the vowel change but before people like Tyndall and Shakespeare started adding vocabulary. Very cool. I haven’t read Chaucer either, though I really must.

  2. I’m not sure how good of a sentence mine is, but it was the first thought that came to mind. Not a very nice character however. If someone had called me a manciple before I would have punched them in the nose for the insult, but now I can see it makes for a tidy little profit.

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