Thursday, 2 October 2014
Feance / Fealty
It comes to something when a guy like me (rare as that may be) is filling in gaps in the public record for definitions of words in the English language. According to my google search, this is the only source for defining the word in the whole internet.
If something is feance it is 'held in ownership' due to an arranged but as yet unfulfilled contract agreement. Feance relates to the criminal underground word Fence referring to somebody who has received stolen items which means that technically by law the goods has changed hands and is legal property of the new owner, regardless of the original owner. This also has to do with the passing of stolen goods through a gap in the fence between houses, a fence being a boundary line marking out property rights. The word Fiance as in a person who has engaged on a course to be married is regarded to be held in feance by the betrothed. It comes from a time and a culture where marriages were not only of people but were important in planning the future of monetary and valued goods belonging to family households. It relates directly with the concept of Dowry in the western sense, payment for property to be received, in this case that property being the person who is held in feance / the fiance.
The word Fee also relates. There is a connection here with the concept of Faye (modern: fairy) which links it through Fayre (modern fair) this has dual meaning; balanced, just, equal measure and also a celebratory market event where goods are traded and haggled over. Always is the question, what is the true worth of the goods? And in relevance; what, as a balancing factor, is the true worth of the Heart? It is for these reasons that faye-goods are also sometimes called gypsy-goods. The word Fare means 'the goods' alternately 'the provisions', example; humble-fare. Another meaning of Fare is as Fee. As a journeyman, all of this associates with Far and how far one is able to travel dependent on the goods.
The word Fealty also relates, which is a state of debt-ownership. It differs from Feance in that Feance is a) the goods b) the state of ownership at present time due to a future event, whereas Fealty is the state of ownership at present time due to a past event. There is potentially a link between the concept of Fealty and the modern concept Faulty, 'it has previously broken'.
October 1, 2014
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