Word of the day

Apocrisiary – a delegate or deputy; especially, the pope’s nuncio or legate at Constantinople; a person appointed to give answers.

6 Responses to Word of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    How did you come up with this? A curious word to choose

    Its from Greek ἀποκρισιάριος (apokrisiarios) used in Byzantine times for Bishops representatives to his court which is why your definition mentions the Papal Nuncio at Constantinople.

  2. RBG says:

    So when Steven Joyce is the off stage prompt when Mark Osbourne is being interviewed for tv, does that make Osbourne an Apocrisiary? Or is it Joyce? It’s quite confusing, who is actually answering the questions and who is the deputy?

  3. Ray says:

    Bit like Hey Clint. perhaps RBG?

  4. Andrei says:

    This really is a curious word (for me anyway).

    It comes from a time when the bishops were important figures who often contended with civil authority, religion, politics and even sport being intertwined

    The “Papal Nuncio” seems a rather grand title but few will realize that in those distant times the Pope’s ambassador to the Imperial Court was like a poor relative from the backblocks. And the Pope himself was a figure of semi importance only in Italy. Of all the apocrisiarii the Pope’s representative would not have had special significance

    Italy had been overrun by the barbarians, this was the time of the legendary British King Arthur, though Morte d’Arthur wouldn’t be written for another 1000 years, of course. The English language itself was a long way off yet as well

    The cultural center of the world was Byzantium (Constantinople, Istanbul).

    This is the time when the cultural fault lines that exist between Eastern and Western Europeans were being born, those whose cultural heritage is derived from Byzantium and those whose cultural heritage had diverged from it.

    English developed in a place that had long lost its connection with Byzantium but that word still exists in English an echo of a past when they were loosely connected

  5. homepaddock says:

    How did I come up with this word? I came across it while web-surfing then, as I always do for the WOTD, googled its definition. Thanks for explaining its origins, Andrei.

  6. JC says:

    I remember the great excitement when the Papaal Nuncio visited our school in the early 50’s in Greenmeadows.. we practiced for days how to act and talk when he arrived and had a chat.

    The GCSB would love to be plugged into the most informed spy network in the world that the PNs represent 🙂


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