You will have noticed in the poem we looked at this week the use of the C word.
It did not mean the same thing in the Middle Ages as it does today; it was not rude or crude. It was a synonym for "cut" or "gash". If you got sliced by a sword, you would have a C.
Most words in English today that are monosyllabic are Anglo Saxon: wife, knife, house, man, cut, dream, long, short, etc. etc., are Anglo Saxon or Old English words.
They have largely lost their meanings today; especially the word "love" which we will consider next week.