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" Custom is the most certain mistress of language, as the public stamp makes the current money. But we must \<> not be too frequent with the mint, every day coining, nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost ages; since the chief virtue of a style is... "
Specimens of English Prose Writers: From the Earliest Times to the Close of ... - Page 332
by George Burnett - 1807
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"Unnoticed in the Casual Light of Day": Philip Larkin and the Plain Style

Tijana Stojković - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 235 pages
...English poetry, clearly supports the stable currency of words: "Custom is the most certain mistress of language, as the public stamp makes the current...be too frequent with the mint, every day coining" (Discoveries lines 2386—89). Across a few centuries, and after Valery, Philip Larkin writes in "Modesties":...
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Jonson, Shakespeare and Early Modern Virgil

Margaret Tudeau-Clayton - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 280 pages
...translated from Quintilian -Jonson adds his own exhortation against the frequent coinage of new words - 'But we must not be too frequent with the mint, every day coyning' - and Quintilian's against persistent recourse to archaisms - 'Nor fetch words from the extreme...
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