Antedating of "Medieval"

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Mon Jan 31 13:43:55 UTC 2011

Or, as my students occasionally spell it, "midevil"--you know, the evil that predominated between classical times and the Renaissance.


From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Shapiro, Fred [fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU]
Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2011 9:12 PM

medieval (OED3 1827)

1821 _Gentleman's Magazine_ Nov. 426 (British Periodicals)  Now the temporary Roman munitions consisted of mere earth-work or wood-work, but the question here is, was there such a thing as a work resembling a mediaeval castle?

Fred Shapiro

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