John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey
the_gneech

Happy Birthday, djarums!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk)!

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To utter or pour forth recklessly or offensively; to vomit forth [1400s-1800s].
--Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1909


Birthday of Walt Whitman (1819-1892),
American poet. In September 1855, Charles Eliot Norton reviewed Whitman's newly self-published Leaves of Grass for Putnam's Monthly, writing: "Our account of last month's literature would be incomplete without some notice of a curious and lawless collection of poems, called Leaves of Grass and issued ... without the name of publisher or author. The poems are neither in rhyme nor blank verse, but in a sort of excited prose broken into lines without any attempt at measure or regularity and, as many readers will perhaps think, without any idea of sense or reason. The writer's scorn for the wonted usages of good writing extends to the vocabulary he adopts. Words usually banished from polite society are here employed without reserve and with perfect indifference to their effect on the reader's mind. Not only is the book one not to be read aloud to a mixed audience, but the introduction of terms never before heard or seen, and of slang expressions, often renders an otherwise striking passage altogether laughable."

They said the same thing about jazz, actually.

-The Gneech
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