[Milton-L] John Milton, wordsmith

Jameela Lares Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Tue Nov 21 12:23:35 EST 2017


I am always a little nervous about claims that an author has introduced a word, since the OED is not a corpus of the language but just an extensive compilation of what readers have noticed. Gavin Alexander admits that "The OED does tend to privilege famous writers with first usage."

Jameela Lares
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What do "didactic," "fragrance," "terrific," and "complacency" have in common?
They were all introduced by JM (according to the OED).
The article is here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/jan/28/britishidentity.johncrace<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theguardian.com%2Fuk%2F2008%2Fjan%2F28%2Fbritishidentity.johncrace&data=02%7C01%7Csbdobranski%40gsu.edu%7C3fe6edc73eb84ca7cf1708d530e97721%7C515ad73d8d5e4169895c9789dc742a70%7C0%7C0%7C636468701639658391&sdata=fBtMbjsecXk0Em52mWa5hPkjBbtbIb3M1fsa9V%2FyYp0%3D&reserved=0>
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