Word Wednesday- October 23, 2013- OYEZ


The word of the week is OYEZ. I love this one. It comes from three sources- it’s the Latin imperative plural of Oir which is from the Latin word for hear- audire. It also was used in Middle English as well as Old French for Hear which was spelled oiez or oyez.

It is the word used by a court bailiff to command silence and attention and is called out before court goes into session. I love that it’s an imperative word. Commanding, even.

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