Sunday, 25 May 2014

Clerisy - The Write Class

A digital painting of a man in an office writing a book
The Writer
(art by Joan M. Mas)


Noun. Early 19th century.
[Apparently after German Klerisei, formed as CLERIC.]

A distinct class of learned or literary persons.

I like clerisy, not that I claim for a moment to be a member of it; it's less exclusive than intelligentsia, and less pretentious than literati. It also sounds a little bit like heresy, which gives it a slightly subversive, revolutionary edge. Yup, I like clerisy. Maybe one day I'll be able to be a part of it. It's better than the booboisie anyway.

Are you a member of the clerisy?

Would you like to be?

Do please leave your most cleritical comments in the box below.


  1. My initial reaction was that it'd be a lovely name for a kitten.

    That probably means I don't qualify, then, doesn't it.

    1. That's funny, because I thought it sounds like a very middle class girl's name: Clerisy Bonham-Cruftsbottom, of the Dragon School, Oxford.