[Milton-L] "Fortune" in Renaissance literature

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Wed Jul 31 18:58:17 EDT 2013


I was going to say... Nancy is probably the only person under 30 who still
uses that expression.

Jim R


On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 6:48 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges <
horacejeffery at gmail.com> wrote:

> My stars! Are you still using that creaky old expression?
>
> Jeffery Hodges
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 7:21 AM, Nancy Charlton <
> charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> "Used to be"???  I used it this very week, in a Facebook comment.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> 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.
>>
>>
>> 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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Dr. James Rovira
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Tiffin University
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Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety
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