Consecrated to the Heart of the Redeemer under the patronage of the Theotokos and Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

16 June 2012

It's Wordcraft, Wicked Wordcraft

Lovers of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins appreciate his facility with the English language.  At first I considered him a verbal scofflaw.  To my knowledge, there is no law against coining words or using them outside of the denotative box; so have at it--as long as meaning is detectable without excessive straining.  Erin McKean has this to say about the use of "undictionaried words."*

*(Whilst composing this electronic entry, both the author's name and the "un-" word appear with the dreaded red line underneath.  Shall we be so impudent as to brand them misspellings?)

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