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Old 06 May 2013, 04:38 PM
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Icon102 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
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Old 06 May 2013, 06:34 PM
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So, apparently, if it's a hoax, it's an old one.

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Old 06 May 2013, 07:18 PM
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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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Old 06 May 2013, 07:20 PM
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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 .
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Old 07 May 2013, 03:43 AM
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Wow. That's great. Thanks Steve!
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Old 07 May 2013, 12:14 PM
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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!"
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Old 27 May 2013, 10:03 AM
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@nonniey: That would be a good name for erotica books, like chick lit for light romance novels.
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Old 27 May 2013, 12:01 PM
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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
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Old 27 May 2013, 02:17 PM
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Was "Pull listing" also a typo, for "Full listing"?
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Old 28 May 2013, 01:55 AM
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Probably...
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Old 28 May 2013, 03:58 AM
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Well, put both typos together and you've pretty much covered the subject.
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