Jane Austen and slang - article in UK newspaper

Dan Goodman dsgood at IPHOUSE.COM
Tue Jun 11 02:58:27 UTC 2013

On 06/10/2013 08:42 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:

> FYI Monitoring Popular Media: The article excerpt below from The Daily
> Mail UK website includes claims about slang and Jane Austen's use of
> language.
> Title: The queen of modern slang: Jane Austen is revealed to have
> coined phrases we use everyday

Perhaps there's confusion here between being first to use phrases in
print, and coining them?

>    Subtitle 01: Oxford professor revealed how much Austen has
> influenced our language
>    Subtitle 02: Is quoted 1,640 times in the latest edition of the
> Oxford English Dictionary
>    Subtitle 03: Came up with the phrase: ‘if I’ve told you once, I’ve
> told you 100 times’.
> Website: Mail Online dailymail.co.uk
> Author: Daily Mail Reporter
> Date: 26 May 2013
> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2331445/The-queen-modern-slang-Jane-Austen-revealed-coined-phrases-use-everyday.html
> [Begin excerpt]
> Shut up, dirt cheap and dog-tired would roll off the tongue of any
> Tom, Dick or Harry today.
> But you wouldn’t have expected them to flow from the pen of genteel
> Jane Austen.
> Now the increasing influence of Austen on contemporary English has
> been highlighted.
> Oxford professor Charlotte Brewer told the Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye
> that while Austen had a great influence on the first Oxford English
> Dictionary published in 1928, she is quoted 1,640 times in the most
> recent edition.
> Entries include 321 phrases from her 1815 novel Emma, which includes
> ‘dinner-party’ and ‘brace yourself’.
> She also came up with ‘if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you 100 times’.
> [End excerpt]

Dan Goodman
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