[Ads-l] soothsayer - voice of reason

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jun 19 13:00:58 EDT 2018


Curiously, the OED has a “poetic” use of _sooth_ 'Soothing, soft’, with two cites, both from Keats, one in the comparative and the other the superlative. The latter, from The Eve of St. Agnes (1820) is the more evocative:  "A heap Of candied apple..; With jellies soother than the creamy curd.”  So we can assume Javanka are in Washington to offer us creamy curd.

LH



> On Jun 19, 2018, at 11:42 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> < *soothe-sayer, 'speaker of soothing or comforting words.'
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> JL
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> On Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 7:49 AM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> Emily Jane Fox, author of "Born Trump" on Morning Joe, said that Jared and
>> Ivanka moved to Washington to be soothsayers, voices of moderation.
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>> Herb
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