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Re: bardolater
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0253  Wednesday, 12 February 2003

From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Feb 2003 14:30:22 -0000
Subject: 14.0237 Re: bardolater
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0237 Re: bardolater

Nora Kreimer <
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>Correction: The year the words came into the language was 1911, and the
>edition of the OED was, indeed, 1991.

Nora -- I think the OED2(3) may have extended this backwards:

BARDOLATRY:

Worship of the 'Bard of Avon', i.e. Shakespeare. (Occas. used of other
writers.) So bardolater ... a worshipper of the Bard, a
Shakespearolater; bardolatrous a., tending to or characterized by
bardolatry.

1901 G. B. Shaw Plays for Puritans Pref. p. xxxi, So much for
Bardolatry!

The 1911 citation is from the TLS:

1911 Times Lit. Suppl. 9 Nov. 440/3 Playing for the sympathy of the
'bardolaters'.

Robin

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