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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 perspicuity,... "
Specimens of English Prose Writers: From the Earliest Times to the Close of ... - Page 422
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
...ancestors of that nicety of statement in English poetry, clearly supports the stable currency of words: "Custom is the most certain mistress of language,...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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The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Elsie Elizabeth Phare - 1967 - 149 pages
...have found it a serious accusation: though it is true that as a " classical" critic who held that " Custom is the most certain mistress of language, as the public stamp makes the current money", Jonson begins with assumptions inimical to a just appreciation of Hopkins. Unless the reader is prepared...
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