[Milton-L] Strange word

Nancy Charlton nbcharlton at comcast.net
Fri Aug 10 20:30:40 EDT 2012


Yes, of course!  Thanks, Hannibal and Matthew. That does sound a 
bit more like an Olympic event.

Nancy Charlton



On 8/10/2012 3:08 PM, Hannibal Hamlin wrote:
> Wow. That does sounds like quite an interesting event (how to 
> judge it?). I'm guessing though that this is a variant spelling 
> of "quoit," a ring that you toss. OED lists also "to quoit" or 
> "to play at quoits."
> Hannibal
> On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM, Nancy Charlton 
> <nbcharlton at comcast.net <mailto:nbcharlton at comcast.net>> wrote:
>
>     I wonder whether someone could solve this puzzle.
>
>     The OED has been choosing words related to the Olympics in
>     its daily Word of the Day email, and today's is
>     "pentathlon."  Pretty straightforward until it came to this
>     usage example:
>
>     1603 P. Holland tr.  Plutarch /_Morals_/ (Gloss.) at
>     /Pancratium/, The practise of all the fiue feats of
>     activity, which is called Pentathlon and Quinquertium: to
>     wit, buffetting, wrestling, running leaping and coiting.
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>     Buffeting must be akin to boxing; wrestling, nothing new
>     there.  Is a comma omitted in "running leaping" thus
>     perhaps like the broad jump, or is it a series "running,
>     leaping"?
>
>     But "coiting"?  This must be an example of extreme change
>     of meaning! Well beyond the Great Vowel Shift!
>
>     I think we've discussed Milton's involvement in sport, or
>     lack of it, but I can't help wondering what he'd think of
>     contemporary Olympics.  Beach volleyball?
>
>     And BTW, the pentathlon events are scheduled for this
>     weekend, according to its web site,
>     http://www.london2012.com/modern-pentathlon/about/. I don't
>     know whether NBC will bother broadcasting any of it.
>
>     A Gold to all,
>
>     Nancy Charlton
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