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

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Happy Birthday to walkertxkitty and plonq!

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

Belonging to, or formed of, rubbish.
--Joseph Worcester's Dictionary of the English Language, 1881

From the root of Latin rudis, indicating the primary sense of rude, to be broken.
--Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828

Birthday of John Dryden (1631-1700),
English poet and critic. Dryden was harshly critical of his near-contemporary William Shakespeare's use of literary festoonery, writing once that his "whole style is so pestered with figurative expressions that it is affected as it is obscure. ... I undertook to remove that heap of rubbish under which many excellent thoughts lay wholly buried." Elsewhere, Dryden charged that the Bard "writes in many places below the dullest writers of our or any precedent age. Never did any author precipitate himself from such heights of thoughts to so low expressions as he often does. He is the very Janus of poets -- he wears almost everywhere two faces, and you have scarce begun to admire the one ere you despise the other."

Sheesh, everybody's a critic!

-The Gneech
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