Q: "marching carlislie"?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Apr 21 23:06:55 UTC 2006

Egad, Joel! Clearly, your incisive mind has pierced to the heart of the
matter, methinks! ;-) It's certainly an improvement over my "Carlisle-ly"!


On 4/20/06, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> What does "marc[h]ing carlislie" mean in 1655 in the following/
> Now all our Armie did folow this Irish man, and marcing carlislie,
> they hauing a very strong pursumption in them that thayer innimie
> durst not face them, but all thay thoght they had to doue wose to
> March into the Cittie thar to inhabit.
> Wild-carding led me to "carlish":  OED has "Of or pertaining to a
> carl or carls; churlish, clownish, vulgar, coarse; rude, mean."  Thus
> "carlislie" = "carlishly"  -- clownishly, careless of the dangers?
> But perhaps merely "carelessly"!  My writer was careless of final e's
> with long a's; for example, he wrote "which wee mad pris of" [which
> we made prize of] and "whar they sate in Councill" [where they sat in
> council].
> Joel
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