Friday, September 04, 2015


Master of Glomerye

Tom Shippey, The Road to Middle-Earth (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003), p. 52 (discussing the word glamour):
Further, the word was evidently by origin a corruption of 'grammar', and paralleled in sense by 'gramarye' = 'occult learning, magic, necromancy', says the OED, 'revived in literary use by Scott'. Cambridge University had indeed preserved for centuries the office of 'Master of Glomerye', whose job it was to teach the younger undergraduates Latin.

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