Archaic Definition of the Week

publishingHANDFASTING * The custom of a couple shaking hands, as the Romans did over an urn, as a means of sealing a marriage engagement, from the Saxon handfaestan.

Forgotten English : A Merry Guide to Antiquated Words, Packed with History, Fun Fact, Literary Excerpts, and Charming Drawings by Jeffrey Kacirk

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