a nice verb: "truffle"

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sat Dec 7 17:55:58 UTC 2013

>From a review in the December 19, 2013 issue of the New York Review of
Books, viewed online.
Marina Warner, writing about several books on monsters as represented on
medieval maps.
"Olaus Magnus was the Catholic archbishop of Uppsala, who was ousted from
his cathedral by the Swedish Reformers and took refuge in Danzig, and he
may have been inspired by nostalgic pride in his lost homeland. He truffled
the northern oceans with dozens of colossal and polymorphous mythic
monsters, as if laying out a deluxe box of chocolates with glorious flavors
and varieties, emerald green and crimson, frilled and bulbous, toothy,
barbed, and serpentine."

Not in OED -- I suppose the revision is still in the Rs? -- and probably it
doesn't need to be.  But I like it.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much since then."

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