The mystery of the word Teche

Since joining the editorial team on Teche, and chatting to others, it’s become apparent to me that the name is a bit of a mystery. Many don’t know how to pronounce Teche, and I’ve heard several interpretations bandied about.

It’s pronounced Teach. Exactly as you would pronounce the word teach in the context of what we do here.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, it leads us onto the question of where the name Teche came from?

Is our University blog named after the pirate chief Edward Teche? This romantic notionpirate (in our landlocked location) doesn’t account for it.

The source is the Canterbury Tales:

“Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche” — so Chaucer says of his young scholar in TheCanterbury Tales.

There are some further examples of old English usage in this post.

So please tell your colleagues that our fine blog Teche is about just that (as well as other things University related).

3 thoughts on “The mystery of the word Teche”

  1. Of course the university motto ‘And gladly teche’ is also from that same Chaucer quote. So it is all nice and meaningful.

  2. And, for those who don’t know, the Faculty of Human Sciences’ Teche newsletter is called And Gladly!

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