With the Passing of Time


Posted on: February 6, 2009

\KLEP\ | verb

1 : to name or to call

I’ve never included the sample sentence or any facts about the word from Merriam Webster, but in this case I think some additional info is necessary.

“Clepe” itself is a word that is considered archaic and nearly obsolete, but its past participle “yclept” (pronounced ih-KLEPT) continues to be used, albeit rarely.

Archaic is right. Even my sister, who routinely uses very old, seldom used and rarely known words, in her regular speech, wouldn’t have clepe coming out of her mouth. And yclept: not only is it pretentious to use it at all but it looks so peculiar.

I say all of that and then of course the first site I find is actually pretty cool. It’s a blog called clepe and it hasn’t been updated since 2007 but there are some interesting things on there, especially the post on Patrice Hanicotte (a slideshow of her photography I think), Refil 7 (pictures from an exhibit of lasered skateboard art) and crumpler bags which is one of the weirdest and coolest sites I’ve seen in a long time. If you do nothing else, go learn your ABCs at crumplerabc.com. Click each letter but make sure to notice the phrases under each pic before you click (and check out H in particular). Too fun.

The first image is of the lotebush, which is also called clepe or gumdrop tree.

It has black fruit that birds, foxes and other animals eat (hence gumdrop tree) and thorn-tipped branches that apparently deer and cattle sometimes eat but the thorns can cause mouth injuries. :-( Birds also sometimes use the bush as a nest.

It’s rather interesting looking but I don’t think I’d want one on my property. Spiny thorns just aren’t my cup of tea.

I’m not going to put up the second picture, but if you have time check out the post where the second pic came from, “They clepe us drunkards.” It’s funny to me probably because I’m from the US. It’s written by a conservative MEP bemoaning that one of the things the British have in common is their drunkenness. No idea if that’s true, but the post and the comments are entertaining.

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