Scriveyn

A scribe or copyist; someone who wrote professionally. There was always the problem inherent in copying of the transmission of errors, either through lack of attention to the text or through bad writing being mis-read. Authors themselves were always conscious of this potential problem. Chaucer mentions his copyist by name as Adam scriveyn and wishes him a bad case of scurf should he make mistakes. [< OldFr. escrivein = writing]

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  • scrivener — scriv·en·er / skri və nər/ n [Middle English, alteration of scriveyn, from Anglo French escrivein, ultimately from Latin scriba public record keeper, from scribere to write]: a professional or public copyist or writer of official or formal… …   Law dictionary

  • English words first attested in Chaucer — Contents 1 Etymology 2 List 2.1 Canterbury Tales General Prologue …   Wikipedia

  • Scrivener — A scribe or copyist; someone who wrote professionally. There was always the problem inherent in copying of the transmission of errors, either through lack of attention to the text or through bad writing being mis read. Authors themselves were… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • scrivener — /ˈskrɪvnə / (say skrivnuh) noun Obsolete 1. a professional or public writer; a clerk. 2. → notary public. {Middle English, from obsolete scriveyn (from Old French) + er1} …   Australian English dictionary

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