miswritten as approver in the seventeenth century, though distinct from approve (from approbare).
Here recte is miswritten for recta, clearly because the scribe was still thinking of the latter syllable of the preceding sponte.
It may be a mere dialectal form of 'crooked,' or it may be miswritten for kroked, the usual old spelling.
Hereafter truth will take hold upon the pen of history and rewrite much that has been miswritten of this great son of the South.
Note this correct form 'golden'; for it is miswritten as 'gold' or 'golde' in nearly all other copies.
The rime of queen-e (usually dissyllabic in Chaucer) with beene (miswritten for been, they be, st. 23) is also suspicious.
Old English writan "to score, outline, draw the figure of," later "to set down in writing" (class I strong verb; past tense wrat, past participle writen), from Proto-Germanic *writanan "tear, scratch" (cf. Old Frisian writa "to write," Old Saxon writan "to tear, scratch, write," Old Norse rita "write, scratch, outline," Old High German rizan "to write, scratch, tear," German reißen "to tear, pull, tug, sketch, draw, design"), outside connections doubtful. Words for "write" in most I.E languages originally mean "carve, scratch, cut" (cf. Latin scribere, Greek grapho, Sanskrit rikh-); a few originally meant "paint" (cf. Gothic meljan, Old Church Slavonic pisati, and most of the modern Slavic cognates).
For men use to write an evill turne in marble stone, but a good turne in the dust. [More, 1513]To write (something) off (1680s) originally was from accounting; figurative sense is recorded from 1889. Write-in "unlisted candidate" is recorded from 1932.