Olga has posted the second part of her exploration of the Sea, written with her usual élan. I particularly liked the phrase “novel knowledge”. Invisible alliteration!
A word that jumped out at me was “sea-loathing”. I’ve never needed an antonym for “sea-longing” before, but if I need one in the future, I know now what to say. Then I got to wondering if anyone has ever used that word before, so I asked my research assistant in Mountain View, CA. The response was entertaining.
- From the entry on St. Andrews in the Encyclopedia Britannica of 1888: “The golf links, which are considered the best in Scotland, and sea–loathing attract many residents and visitors.”
- From 1801, a book entitled Hints Designed to Promote Beneficence, Temperance, & Medical Science by John Coakley Lettsom, teaches us that “The great and opulent continually acknowledge the efficacy of Sea loathing.”
Umm, what? Here’s the snippet from the Encyclopedia:
Let us close out this scholarly excursion with this thought from Lewis Carroll:
[The Snark has a] fondness for loathing machines,
Which it constantly carries about,
And believes that they add to the beauty of scenes —
A sentiment open to doubt.