Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 9 16:49:40 UTC 2012

Though it offers no ex., OED lists this spelling as a 17th C. var. of

But that doesn't explain 140,000 Google appearances as of two minutes ago.

And this:

1975 Martin S. Day _A Handbook of American Literature_ (N.Y.: Crane,
Russak) 211: Tennyson, Whitman and nineteenth-century poets generally would
speak from a majesterial certitude.

Certainly a blend of "magisterial" and "majestic."

Prof. Day was Professor of English at the University of Houston. His 600pp
_Handbook_ remains a splendid introduction to the subject.

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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