Thursday 22 March 2012

Word of the Day - Flyte

According to the Oxford English Dictionary:

Flyte: 1. Contention, strife; abuse 2. A scolding-match

It can also be spelled ‘flite’.

The word is normally used to describe the poetic insult-slinging matches that were common in ancient Norse, German, and English society.  The Scots would eventually turn the art form into a spectator sport in the 16th Century.  Essentially, it is schoolyard taunting taken to its highest poetic level.  It should not be confused with ‘a battle of wits’, which traditionally has a much higher degree of subtlety and decorum. 

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