Today's Word of the Day means...
Relaxed; easy-going: a sort of laid-back, not insane Janis Joplin/ relatively upbeat moods, laid-back-in-the-South-Seas
[1960s+; perhaps fr the reclining posture of highway motorcyclists]
in medieval French literature, a short romance, usually written in octosyllabic verse, that dealt with subjects thought to be of Celtic origin. The earliest lay narratives were written in the 12th century by Marie De France; her works were largely based on earlier Breton versions thought to have been derived from Celtic legend. The Breton lay, a 14th-century English poetic form based on these lays, is exemplified by "The Franklin's Tale" in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales