cramp one's style (1781)

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Nov 14 15:15:59 UTC 2008

Not this literally, but:

Boston Evening-Post, published as Boston Evening Post.; Date:
12-30-1751; Issue: 854; Page: [1]  (EAN):

"Certainly nothing should be retained to cramp or co[...]e [two or
three letters missing due to folded paper] the Genius of the Poet;
who requires full Liberty".


At 11/13/2008 10:43 AM, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>OED2 has "to cramp one's style" from 1917.
>1781 Horace Walpole _Correspondence_ II (1851) 148 The shackles of
>translation have neither cramped your style, nor rendered it obscure.
>Also in _Letters_ VII (1891) 510:
>--Ben Zimmer
>The American Dialect Society -

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