[Milton-L] John Milton, wordsmith

JCarl Bellinger dionhalic at gmail.com
Tue Nov 21 22:43:54 EST 2017


 <<
and from about him
fierce effusion rowld
of smoke
& bickering flame
& sparkles dire
>>
 says here the use of "bickering"  to identify the visible and motive
activity of flame is a Milton coinage, and this its first use in that new
sense.
NB it is precisely the middle word of the middle line of Ed 2.


On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM Carol Barton, PhD, CPCM <
cbartonphd1 at verizon.net> wrote:

> 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.
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> Carol Barton, PhD, CPCM
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> A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
> I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second
> time into things that I am most certain of the first time. -Josh Billings,
> columnist and humorist (21 Apr 1818-1885)
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> On Nov 21, 2017, at 12:23 PM, Jameela Lares <Jameela.Lares at usm.edu> wrote:
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> 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.”
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> Jameela Lares
> Professor of English
> Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Professor, 2017-2019
> The University of Southern Mississippi
> 108 College Drive #5037
> Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
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> *From:* milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu [
> mailto:milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu <milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu>] *On
> Behalf Of *Stephen B Dobranski
> *Sent:* Tuesday, November 21, 2017 8:58 AM
> *To:* John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at richmond.edu>
> *Subject:* [Milton-L] John Milton, wordsmith
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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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