[Milton-L] Milton on the WWW

Nancy Charlton charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 9 23:52:25 EDT 2018


Trip the light fantasy and all hell breaks loose!

Nancy Charlton

On Sun, Sep 9, 2018 at 2:59 PM Jameela Lares <Jameela.Lares at usm.edu> wrote:

> I think such a corrective collection of proper quotes might be an emerging
> genre.  I just finished reading William O’Flaherty’s *The Misquotable C.
> S. Lewis: What He Didn’t Say, What He Actually Said, and Why It Matters*,
> and that author identifies an earlier collection by Garson O’Toole, *Hemingway
> Didn’t Say That: The Truth behind Familiar Quotations*, which was praised
> by the *Wall Street Journal*.  Surely Milton is important enough to be
> accurately recorded!  (If so, should one begin with “trip the light
> fantastic”?)
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> Jameela Lares, Professor of English
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> *From:* milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu <milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu> *On
> Behalf Of *John Hale
> *Sent:* Sunday, September 9, 2018 3:43 PM
> *To:* milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
> *Subject:* [Milton-L] Milton on the WWW
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> I happened to be shown some words ascribed to John Milton: "Gratitude
> bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies" etc.  The
> sluggish and pompous wording turned out to be a later paraphrase of Satan's
> words, "A grateful mind by owing owes not etc", the paraphrase purporting
> to be words of Milton.
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> On the same day I found a website (aiming to help in word games) recording
> the longest English words which "have no vowel". It was *twyndyllyngs*, a
> Welsh word for "twins". It seems absurd to say that /y/ is not a vowel.
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> How many more misattributions, or half-truths, have people on our list
> noticed, with regard to Milton and related matters? Would it be a public
> service, and help our students, if we could assemble a blacklist and make
> it known? Or would it be a dreary or needless chore?
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> John Hale
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