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TonyKB
905317.  Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:44 pm Reply with quote

According to the Immortal Bard episode Shakespeare invented, or at least was the first to publish, a number of words including moutaineer. I was wondering if anyone knew what a moutaineer was ...

 
Moosh
905354.  Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:44 pm Reply with quote

According to google there's a Moutaineer casino in Wellsville, OH and another in Chester WV. Also a Moutaineer diner in Estes Park CO. Which suggests a general shortage of n's across both the West and Mid-West of America.

 
suze
905355.  Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:50 pm Reply with quote

I didn't spot this when I saw the show - are you saying that moutaineer appeared as an error for mountaineer?

Mountaineer is indeed one of the words for which our first citation is to be found in Shakespeare (The Tempest III.iii). But it didn't mean then what it does now.

When Shakespeare used the word, it meant "person who lives in the mountains". Not for another two hundred years (first citation 1803, Robert Southey) did it come to mean "person who climbs mountains".

 
Moosh
905359.  Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:32 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
I didn't spot this when I saw the show - are you saying that moutaineer appeared as an error for mountaineer?

Despite, or indeed because of, the fact I have other things to do, I went and got a screenshot for you.

 
suze
905360.  Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:05 pm Reply with quote

Good work, Moosh! And hence well spotted, Tony!

I think TonyKB qualifies for a double figure number of points, and for this round of applause.

 

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