ivory tower

Jane Clark ucwords at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 18 00:27:54 UTC 1999

Wasn't it the color of Rapunzel's hair?

>From: AAllan at AOL.COM
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: ivory tower
>Date: Tue, 17 Aug 1999 17:52:44 EDT
>Has this been discussed before? I got an inquiry about "ivory tower" and
>the explanations unsatisfying. The dictionaries cite a French source
>explaining why it should be ivory. Charles Earle Funk, in "Heavens to
>gives the exact source in French and English but still does not say why
>Funk: "When Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French literary critic of the
>early nineteenth century, coined this term he thought of it as applicable
>the aerie of a poet, a place where he could retire from the world, a
>The term occurs in his own poem, Pensees d' Aout, written in October, 1837.
>.. ."
>But why ivory?
>- Allan Metcalf

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