[Milton-L] PL in contemporary usage

Gregory Machacek Gregory.Machacek at marist.edu
Mon Mar 21 13:32:57 EDT 2011

The OED has Milton's use of "self-esteem" as the earliest witness.

Greg Machacek
Professor of English
Marist College

  From:       "Christopher Baker" <Christopher.Baker at armstrong.edu>                                                                   
  To:         <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>                                                                                           
  Date:       03/21/2011 01:17 PM                                                                                                     
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"Pandemonium" (1.756) and "all hell broke loose" (4.918) are perhaps the
most famous of Milton's coinages in Paradise Lost, while "His Dark
Materials" (Pullman),  "Darkness Visible" (Styron), "In Dubious
Battle" (Steinbeck), and "Precious Bane" (Mary Webb) are book titles taken
from the epic.  Is there a convenient list somewhere (or the memories of
list members) that would provide other words, phrases, or titles taken from
PL?  I am preparing a brief advertisement for a short course on PL; any
help would be appreciated.
Chris Baker

Dr. Christopher Baker
Professor of English
Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy
Armstrong Atlantic State University
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Savannah, Georgia 31419
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