One of the charms of the net is that you sometimes stumble across enjoyable items, such as one I found while researching our previous word, balduchin.
"Before he died of a pulmonary embolism at 73, [Senator] Everett McKinley Dirksen had himself become a unique object of Americana." Dirksen's skills of oratory inspired the purple prose of the obituary we quote this week.
rheum – a watery discharge from the eyes or nose [among other meanings]
– Time Magazine, Sept. 19, 1969
sesquipedalian – 1. Given to the use of long words 2. (of a word) long and ponderous; polysyllabic
[from Latin sesquipedalis ‘a foot and a half long’]
diapason – an organ stop sounding a main register of flue pipes 2. a grand swelling burst of harmony
[Greek dia pason khordon ‘through all notes’]
grandiloquence – a lofty, extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style, especially in language
Lovely word, WC. Subtly different from the grandiloquent word euphuism(-istic). The OED defines it:
the name of a certain type of diction and style which originated in the imitation of Lyly's Euphues (see prec.), and which was fashionable in literature and in the conversation of cultivated society at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th c. Hence applied to any similar kind of affectation in writing or speech, and (loosely) to affectedly periphrastic or ‘high-flown’ language in general.
Euphues is Greek for well endowed by nature. Euphues was the chief character in John Lyly's two works, Euphues, The Anatomy of Wit (1578), and Euphues and his England (1580).This message has been edited. Last edited by: pearce,
Fascinating, Pearce. So your word is an eponym (from the Lyly character, rather than directly from the Greek)?
Today's quote uses fustian ('inflated, pompous language', among other meanings), a previous word-of the-day which comes from a place name (a toponym). Today's first word is also a toponym.
Chautauqua – an annual summer educational meeting providing public lectures, concerts, and dramas, usually in an outdoor setting.
[after such meetings originating in 1974 in Chautauqua, New York]
rapscallionry – a rare form of the word rapscallion – a mischievous person; a rascal; a ne'er-do well
[the female counterpart-word, now obsolete, is rampallion]
I've always had a fond place in my heart for Euphuistic prose. You can read about Lyly and his works here and also get his books from Google books for free.
—Ceci n'est pas un seing.
The last part of zmj's quote says "then it is no marvel, that the son being left rich by his father's will, become retchless by his own will."
Great word there, though I'd never heard of retchless: Careless; reckless.
floriated – decorated or adorned with floral ornaments
Here used metaphorically.
zmj's long quote from Lyly says, "The freshest colors soonest fade, the teenest razor soonest turneth his edge, the finest cloth is soonest eaten with moths."
teenest? OED lists it as a word, but it may in fact be a simple typo for keenest: OED gives no quotes other than Lyly. Here is OED's full entry for this definition:
1579 LYLY Euphues (Arb.) 34 The freshest colours soonest fade, the teenest Rasor soonest tourneth his edge. 1580 Ibid. 249 Setting a teene edge, wher thou desirest to haue a sharp poynt. [So edd. 1580-1587; edd. 1595- keenest, keen.]
[QUOTE]Originally posted by wordnerd:
teenest? OED lists it as a word, but it may in fact be a simple typo for keenest: OED gives no quotes other than Lyly.
I think, judging by the context and citations that teene must be a corruption of keen, obviously more popular in the 16th century.