Addendum Re: "blowing" = "blowen" (and the OED)

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Oct 8 14:55:19 UTC 2014

Robin Hamilton is correct in his recollection -- "blowing" is in 
Shadwell, at least in a 1738 edition (GBooks).  The line is "O, my 
pure Blowing, my Convenient, my Tackle!"


>The OED2 subsumes "blowing" under "blowen" ("Forms:  Also blowing"), 
>and I assume therefore its entry should include quotations with 
>either spelling.  Its earliest citation is 1818 (for "blowen", from 
>Vaux).  The 130-year antedating in Thomas Shadwell's _The Squire of 
>Alsatia_ should be added (if confirmed; a 1688 edition is in EEBO).


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