[ilds] RG Justine -- "pegamoid" words, words, words

slighcl slighcl at wfu.edu
Sun Apr 29 20:49:07 PDT 2007


"He is a pegamoid sloth of a man" (1.12).  LD really does give us 
pockets full of new words in these opening pages.  In order to reassure 
all of those readers who kept note cards of unknown words from their 
first reading of /Justine/, here follows all 50 words that LD's novel 
contributed to the /Oxford English Dictionary/.   For comparison, 
Woolf's /To the Lighthouse/ is referenced 46 times. 

It pleases me that the "great car" and Scobie and Pursewarden make the 
list.  The inconsistent dating for LD's novel is more problematic:

1  1607   *desireless*, a. 1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 84 As for me I was 
cons
2   c725   *horn*, n. 1957 L.     Durrell Justine ii. 141 The same night, on
3   1511    *hub*1  1957 L.     Durrell Justine 27 The great silver Rolls
4   1838    *invert*, n.            1957 L.     Durrell Justine ii. 96 
At least the invert
5   c1175    *John            *1957 L.     Durrell Justine 249 She had 
neatly tied hi
6   1855    *kinetic*, a. (n.)            1957 L.     Durrell Justine 
ii. 134 It was these very
7   1793    *manhole*, n.            1957 L.     Durrell Justine iv. 
227, I stepped into th
8   1854   * mariage de convenance*, n.            1957 L.     Durrell 
Justine iv. 235 Someone trapped in
9    1877   *mari complaisant*, n.            1958 L.     Durrell 
Justine 1. 29 She was reputed to h
10  c1330  *marvellous *| marvelous, a., adv., and n.            1956 L. 
    Durrell Justine i. 18 A door had suddenly
11 1340 *measure*, v. 1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 24 Reflecting on this h
12 OE *miss*, v.1 1957 L. Durrell Justine iii. 210 People only see i
13 1530 *mission*, n. 1957 L. Durrell Justine ii. 113 The mission of the
14 1570 *model*, n. and a. 1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 34 He had a model 
of th
15 1474 *mordant*, a. 1957 L. Durrell Justine iii. 212 His view of thing
16 1528 *mumchance*, n. and a. 1957 L. Durrell Justine ii. 133 For my 
part I rema
17 1957 *mutilé*, n. 1957 L. Durrell Justine iii. 187 His expression be
18 OE *open*, v. 1956 L. Durrell Justine iii, I am about to say som
19 1191 *pack*, n.1 1957 L. Durrell Justine iii. 180 Justine .. would
20 1662 *palatable*, a. 1956 L. Durrell Justine i, Excuses which might mak
21 ?a1425 *palpitation*, n. 1956 L. Durrell Justine i, In autumn the 
female ba
22 1340 *pearl*, n.1 and a. 1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 13 A sky of hot 
nude pe
23 1895 *pegamoid*, n. and a. 1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 21 He is a 
pegamoid slo
24 ?a1425 *penetration*, n. 1957 L. Durrell Justine iii. 185 The whole 
portent
25 c1460 *personage*, n. 1957 L. Durrell Justine ii. 134 It was these very
26 1874* petit mal*, n. 1957 L. Durrell Justine iii. 160 An occasional hea
27 c1230 *plaint*, n. 1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 43 Professional mourner
28 c1387 *poignant*, adj. 1956 L. Durrell Justine ii. 134 By the bed the ric
29 1581 *pole*, v.1 1957 L. Durrell Justine iii. 215 Faraj is out poli
30 1601 *potentia *1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 75 Life, the new materi
31 re-, *prefix *1957 L. Durrell Justine iii. 199 The resonance of
32 13.. *recover*, v.1 1957 L. Durrell Justine iv. 233 It is strange when
33 1685 *refugee*, n. 1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 39 You are a mental ref
34 1760 *rictus *1957 L. Durrell Justine ii. 107 This ghastly rictu
35 1752 *scene-shifter *1957 L. Durrell Justine ii. 102 Quick as a scene-s
36 1579 *scoutmaster*, scout-master 1957 L. Durrell Justine ii. 124 I've 
done quite a
37 1393 *screen*, n.1 1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 78 It is perhaps what t
38 c1470 *scrimmage*, scrummage, n. 1957 L. Durrell Justine iii. 185 The 
whole portent
39 1885 *scupper*, v. 1957 L. Durrell Justine iii. 155 You can help us s
40 1569 *shark*, n.1 1957 L. Durrell Justine iii. 183 Now in his ice-sm
41 1847 *smarm*, v. 1957 L. Durrell Justine ii. 143 He is a complete p
42 1481 *smoulder*, v. 1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 69 She seemed to smould
43 a1300 *spit*, n.2 1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 37 A spitcurl at each t
44 1857 *spring-cleaning *1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 23 It was thrown away b
45 1908 *strap-hang,* v. 1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 53 Here, where the gene
46 c1400 *substitute*, n. 1956 L. Durrell Justine i. 78 For her we, her love
47 1598 *tarot *1957 L. Durrell Justine iii. 180 Justine .. would
48 1885 *ushabti *1957 L. Durrell Justine i. 57 The air was all at o
49 1796 *vicariously*, adv. 1957 L. Durrell Justine ii. 127 Those 
interminable
50 1909 *voulu*, a. (n.) 1957 L. Durrell Justine ii. 132 The idea is not sp





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Charles L. Sligh
Department of English
Wake Forest University
slighcl at wfu.edu
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