Saturday, November 19, 2005

We're pretty sure Webster beat her to it. And Oxford. And maybe even Random House.

Girl: When I see that, I always think "pandemonium." I mean, what is that? I, like, made up a new word!

-- Earthsci 022 Class, overheard by Trigger


Anonymous Anonymous said...

or maybe (actually) Milton?

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know who could use a dictionary? The Gazette. *shakes his fist harder*

2:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It predates Milton's use, I think it's actually from one of the Classical philosophers

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Milton coined it, using two Greek words: pan, for all, and daemon, for demon.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like pandas. I'm not sure about moneums, though...

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will second that, it's Milton's word, no doubt about it.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look in the Oxford English Dictionary, it's first coined in 1667 from Milton's Paradise Lost book I. line 756 A solemn Councel forthwith to be held At Pandæmonium, the high Capital Of Satan and his Peers. There's no source pre-dating that. Besides, anyone who took English 020 would know Milton "invented" it.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow...i can now sleep at night without stressing over the origin of "pandemonium"

6:27 PM  

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