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

slighcl slighcl at wfu.edu
Mon Apr 30 04:47:58 PDT 2007



On 4/29/2007 11:57 PM, Michael Haag wrote:

> Surely these are not new words, simply Durrell being cited to support 
> definitions.
>
> :Michael

Yes, that is the procedure for the /Oxford English Dictionary/.  It 
provides a chronological record of significant uses of words as well as 
new uses.  LD thus becomes credited with keeping the word in use, or 
reviving it in some novel way, or introducing it into English.  The 
important point is that LD becomes tied to the history of the word, 
becomes (to use a Durrellian coinage) /refunded /into the larger culture.

It is not difficult to find younger writers borrowing whole phrases from 
LD.  The other day I spotted a young economist who wrote about a CEO 
riding up to his office in a "sarcaphogus of tubular steel and lighted 
glass."  Then of course there are the borrowings in Burroughs, Acker, 
&c.  Then in films like /Flirting /and /Stranger than Fiction/.  LD 
survives in curious ways, and to look for his posthumous presence only 
in book reviews, book sales (!), classrooms (!!), or academic monographs 
(!!!) is to give an impression more grim than true.

Charles

>
>
>
> On Monday, April 30, 2007, at 04:49 am, slighcl wrote:
>
>     "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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