[Milton-L] Strange word

Ross Leasure trleasure at gmail.com
Mon Aug 13 10:20:06 EDT 2012

I believe the variant spelling that will help clear this up is "quoits."
There's an adequate description of the sport at Wikipedia.

On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM, Nancy Charlton <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.
> 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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*T. Ross Leasure, Ph.D.*
*Associate Professor*
Dept. of English
Salisbury University
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