· 10 June 2016 ·
You didn’t think I was going to use the f-word either, did you? I’m not repressed, I’m just polite.
One caveat: don’t take the ‘headnote’ quote concerning a more recent (1957) edition of Brief Lives as gospel, any more than the updated scribble itself. What is it with these editors of Aubrey, don’t they do any work of their own? It doesn’t look like Oliver Lawson Dick bothered to learn any more about my life than Andrew Clark did decades earlier, though Lawson Dick was less hung up about his vocabulary.
It’s so much easier to rely unquestioningly upon received wisdom.
There’s an analogy there.
Source: The Journal of American Folklore
· Volume 78, No. 307 (1965)
· pgs 64-65 [jstor.org, login required]