"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Friday, 16 April 2010


Obedentiary is a monastic rank or office below that of superior. For example, in the Sansom novel I have just read there are six obedentiaries below the prior.


  1. I am also reading C.J.Sansom book. Merriam-Webster dictionary states no such word, suggests incorrect spelling. Wikipedia also states the same but suggests an extra "I" Obedientiaries, giving the same meaning. Could the auther be wrong? It would be interesting to know the correct spelling

  2. Yes Fred - it seems lke yo are right and it shold be Obedientiaries. Well spotted.