Lynne Murphy m.l.murphy at SUSSEX.AC.UK
Thu Jul 21 14:36:13 UTC 2011

In case you're interested, a blog post on 'furore':


--On 20 July 2011 21:42 +0100 victor steinbok <aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

> In Cameron's "Believe you me" speech today, he referred to "furore"
> (pronounced close to the original Italian, as opposed to the usual
> "furor"). A BBC commentator then repeated the same word in his account.
> Both entries need an update in the OED--the last mention of main furor
> gloss is 1862, with two related entries tapering off in 1860 and 1868.
> For furore, the respective dates are 1970 and 1867. Since it appears that
> these are in the category of "divided by a common language", more recent
> citation would be useful. I'm still scratching my head, trying to figure
> out why British usage would forgo the Latin/French version in favor of
> Italian, but the US version follows the other form, and this appears to
> be the /earlier/ form.
> VS-)

Dr M Lynne Murphy
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Director of English Language and Linguistics
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