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Neologisms
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1386  Friday 6 August 1999.

From:           John D. Cox <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Aug 1999 12:04:16 -0400
Subject:        Neologisms

I don't know of a book about Shakespearean neologisms (though others
may), but my favorite non-starter is 'incarnadine' (to make red), which
he uses only once, in Macbeth 2.2.60:

        Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
        Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather
        The multitudinous seas incarnadine,
        Making the green one red.

John Cox
 

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