Rare word fans: uhtceare, from Old English words that mean “dawn” and “care,” is a fancy term for those worries you fret over in the wee hours. Next time you find yourself lying awake at night worrying, try reading the melancholy 10th-century poem “The Wife’s Lament”, which contains a poignant use of uhtceare. This is part of a complete episode.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.