Words invented by John Milton

Since I did the post on words that Shakespeare invented, I figured it would only be right to do the same for another English poet, Mr. John Milton, who had his 400th Birthday this year. While Shakespeare no doubt has had a huge impact on the modern English language, in many ways Milton’s contribution to our vocabulary is far greater. For example, Scholar Gavin Alexander claims that Milton has racked up 630 words that are still in the Oxford English Dictionary, as compared to Shakespeare’s 229…

Some of the words that are attributed to Milton:

Terrific Pandemonium Padlock Sensuous Earthshaking Moon-struck Lovelorn Jubilant Impassive Didactic Unprincipled Stunning Liturgical Unaccountable Self-delusion Dismissive Irresponsible Arch-Fiend Debauchery Fragrance Gloom Embellishing Literalism

As well as phrases such as “trip the light fantastic” and the ‘Outer Space’ conceptual usage of the word Space.

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~ by herodotuswept on January 28, 2008.

4 Responses to “Words invented by John Milton”

  1. “Terrific Pandemonium Padlock Sensuous Earthshaking Moon-struck Lovelorn Jubilant Impassive Didactic Unprincipled Stunning Liturgical Unaccountable Self-delusion Dismissive Irresponsible Arch-Fiend Debauchery Fragrance Gloom Embellishing Literalism”

    Sounds like a review of your site.

  2. I can only hope… “Embellishing Literalism?” Eh, I guess so. “Dismissive Irresponsible Arch-Fiend?” Now that is a review I can get behind…

  3. […] Which dead old writer coined the words eyeball, premeditated and jaded? Which one came up with embellish, sensuous and intervolve? (OK, so they didn’t all catch on.) And which one kept a diary – now online in blog form – […]

  4. […] add to that the even more neologisms of Milton (yes: he invented even more words than Shakespeare, including terrific, pandemonium, padlock, sensuous, earthshaking, moon-struck, lovelorn, jubilant, impassive, […]

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