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    <font size="+1"><tt>Yes, of course!&nbsp; Thanks, Hannibal and Matthew.&nbsp;
        That does sound a bit more like an Olympic event.<br>
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        Nancy Charlton<br>
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    <div class="moz-cite-prefix">On 8/10/2012 3:08 PM, Hannibal Hamlin
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      <div>Wow. That does sounds like quite an interesting event (how to
        judge it?). I'm guessing though that this is a variant spelling
        of "quoit," a ring that you toss. OED lists also "to quoit" or
        "to play at quoits."<br>
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      <div>Hannibal<br>
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      <div class="gmail_quote">On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM, Nancy
        Charlton <span dir="ltr">&lt;<a moz-do-not-send="true"
            href="mailto:nbcharlton@comcast.net" target="_blank">nbcharlton@comcast.net</a>&gt;</span>
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          <div bgcolor="#FFFFFF" text="#000000"> <font size="+1"><tt>I
                wonder whether someone could solve this puzzle.<br>
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                The OED has been choosing words related to the Olympics
                in its daily Word of the Day email, and today's is
                "pentathlon."&nbsp; Pretty straightforward until it came to
                this usage example:<br>
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            <div><span><span>1603</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span>P. Holland</span>&nbsp;tr.
                &nbsp;Plutarch&nbsp;<em><font color="#5b85b1"><u>Morals</u></font></em>&nbsp;(Gloss.)
                at <em>Pancratium</em>,</span>&nbsp;<span>The practise of
                all the fiue feats of activity, which is called
                Pentathlon and Quinquertium: to wit, buffetting,
                wrestling, running leaping and coiting.</span></div>
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                Buffeting must be akin to boxing; wrestling, nothing new
                there.&nbsp; Is a comma omitted in "running leaping" thus
                perhaps like the broad jump, or is it a series "running,
                leaping"?&nbsp; <br>
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                But "coiting"?&nbsp; This must be an example of extreme
                change of meaning! Well beyond the Great Vowel Shift!<br>
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                I think we've discussed Milton's involvement in sport,
                or lack of it, but I can't help wondering what he'd
                think of contemporary Olympics.&nbsp; Beach volleyball?<br>
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                And BTW, the pentathlon events are scheduled for this
                weekend, according to its web site, <a
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                  href="http://www.london2012.com/modern-pentathlon/about/"
                  target="_blank">http://www.london2012.com/modern-pentathlon/about/</a>.&nbsp;
                I don't know whether NBC will bother broadcasting any of
                it.&nbsp; <br>
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                A Gold to all,<br>
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                Nancy Charlton<br>
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      <div>Hannibal Hamlin<br>
        Associate Professor of English<br>
        Editor, <em>Reformation</em><br>
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