word bugaboos

minnow at belfry.org.uk minnow at belfry.org.uk
Mon Feb 2 15:34:23 EST 2004

Charlie wrote:

>There's also the adjectival use of the 'en' suffix, which almost always
>helps build up an archaic, nay fantasy, ambiance: "I put down my oaken
>shield, took my oaten flute from my woollen shirt, and played some olden
>tunes," and so on.

I hope that you have now washed your mind out with soap and water.

Oaten flute.

Good grief.

Don't you talk about that nice Mr Wilson that way!


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