[Milton-L] "Fortune" in Renaissance literature

Nancy Charlton charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 31 18:21:20 EDT 2013


"Used to be"???  I used it this very week, in a Facebook comment. 

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On Jul 31, 2013, at 2:22 PM, "J. Michael Gillum" <mgillum at ret.unca.edu> wrote:

> The author of The Discarded Image would know that one could appropriately thank the stars for an ability, although his Hermit might place the credit elsewhere..
> 
> The expression is so mechanical in English that I'm not sure it ever registered on me as implying a theory of causation. "Thank my stars" seems to be more common than "thank the stars" once you go back before 1800. "My stars!" used to be a common exclamation of surprise or alarm in American English. 
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> On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 1:09 PM, Dario Rivarossa <dario.rivarossa at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >And thanks for Dario for providing us with Italian sources on this topic.
>> 
>> Just luck, being born here ;-) but honestly it's the only lucky side in this.
>> 
>> But here's a counter-evidence: in the Prince Caspian episode, Lucy
>> "thanks the stars" for having the right ability in the right moment.
>> Just a figure of speech, or . . . ?
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