[Milton-L] "Fortune" in Renaissance literature

Julia Richman julia.richman at tnt21.com
Wed Jul 31 19:25:25 EDT 2013


"Good" for Nancy!

 

Julianne Richman

Merlin Simex Professional Counseling Associates

Ontario, Canada

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[mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of James Rovira
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 6:58 PM
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Subject: Re: [Milton-L] "Fortune" in Renaissance literature

 

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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