"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."

Wednesday, 19 October 2011


Caitif (fem. caitive) is an obsolete word for a prisoner or captive. It was also used to mean a prison as well as the person it contained.

It was especially commonly used in poetry.

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