cornelian; was Antedating of "Chauvinism"

Chris Waigl cwaigl at FREE.FR
Wed Oct 26 22:41:42 UTC 2005

James Smith <jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM> asks:

>    >>>>>
>What does "cornelian" mean here?  My dictionaries only
>indicate it is an alternative spelling of "carnelian",
>a gemstone or the color of that gemstone.
>--- Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> wrote:
>>chauvinism (OED 1870)
>>1851 _International Magazine of Literature, Science and Art_ 1 June 373
>>ff. (American Periodical Series)  Never did the _chauvinism_ of this
>>present time light upon a more cornelian device, but do you not see in it
>>the theatrical affectation, the melo-dramatic emphasis of another race?
I'd guess "related to and pertaining to the literary devices employed by
the playwright Pierre Corneille".

Chris Waigl


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