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snopes 06 May 2013 04:38 PM

Have you seen this book? An O.E.D. mystery
 
The Oxford English Dictionary’s Web site has appealed to the public for help in identifying a mysterious book, “Meanderings of Memory.” The book is cited as an early source for words like “chapelled” (“adj. placed or stationed in a chapel”), “revirginize” (“trans. to render virginal again”) and forty-seven others. “We have been unable to trace this title in library catalogues or text databases,” they announced,

All these quotations have a date of 1852, and some cite the author as ‘Nightlark’.

The only evidence for this book’s existence that we have yet been able to find is a single entry in a bookseller’s catalogue.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...of-memory.html

Seaboe Muffinchucker 06 May 2013 06:34 PM

So, apparently, if it's a hoax, it's an old one.

Seaboe

nonnieyrissa 06 May 2013 07:18 PM

Pull listing, in case it helps. I assume it was an erotica or pornographic vanity novel, so looking for suck books published under the pseudonym Nightlark around that time might be a good start...


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Steve 06 May 2013 07:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nonnieyrissa (Post 1734632)
Pull listing, in case it helps. I assume it was an erotica or pornographic vanity novel, so looking for suck books published under the pseudonym Nightlark around that time might be a good start...

I don't mean to pick on a typo, nonnieyrissa, and I've made more than my fair share. But assuming you meant "such books", this is priceless way to describe erotica ;).

nonnieyrissa 07 May 2013 03:43 AM

Wow. That's great. :lol: Thanks Steve!

musicgeek 07 May 2013 12:14 PM

That it was a typo hadn't even occurred to me. I was thinking, "There's a specific name for that literary subgenre? I learned something today!" :duh:

Morwen Edhelwen 27 May 2013 10:03 AM

@nonniey: That would be a good name for erotica books, like chick lit for light romance novels.

A Turtle Named Mack 27 May 2013 12:01 PM

and that went right by me = given the OP inquiry, I thought the word was referring to cheaply produced books that would likely have fallen apart by now

Tootsie Plunkette 27 May 2013 02:17 PM

Was "Pull listing" also a typo, for "Full listing"?

Morwen Edhelwen 28 May 2013 01:55 AM

Probably...

Horse Chestnut 28 May 2013 03:58 AM

Well, put both typos together and you've pretty much covered the subject.


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