[Milton-L] John Milton, wordsmith

Carol Barton, PhD, CPCM cbartonphd1 at verizon.net
Tue Nov 21 15:59:49 EST 2017

The OED also uses the last line of Sonnet XIX to illustrate the meanings of “serve,” “stand,” and “wait”—and gets it totally wrong in each case.

Carol Barton, PhD, CPCM

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> On Nov 21, 2017, at 12:23 PM, Jameela Lares <Jameela.Lares at usm.edu> wrote:
> 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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