Friday, November 9, 2007


Cachepol (n.) - a tax-gatherer, constable, bailiff. The word probably meant at first the officer who collected from the tenant the fowls (pullos) paid as rent.

Two theves also tholed deeth that tyme
Upon a croos bisides Crist - so was the comune lawe.
A cachepol cam forth and craked bothe hir legges,
And hir armes after of either of tho theves.

- Langland, William: The vision of Piers Plowman (1377-1379)

Pronunciation: /kAtSpOl/

/k/ k in kin
/A/ a in father
/tS/ ch in chin
/p/ p in pepper
/O/ o in cloth
/l/ l in lily

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
As found on Greg Lindahl's website

The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard