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sporks at the ready, sir.

OMFG, Riggs is trying a fraudian Freudian reading of Jonson (not the play, Ben his own self) via textual analysis of The Case Is Altered.

You'll be pleased to know that Master Jonson is not just obscene, scatological, and derogatory, he's also anal-erotic.

When was this book written? 1989?

Good lord, there's no excuse.

Riggs is attributing the word "playwright" to Ben (yes, playwright, not playmaker or playmender or poet) in the Epigrams. So too lazy to look that up.

Says he only uses it in a derogatory sense, though.



OED's first citation for playwright is 1687, in Martin Clifford's Notes Upon Mr. Dryden's Poems. So that's no help, especially since the word does turn up in Jonson's epigrams:

XLIX. To Playwright.
Playwright me reads, and still my verses damns,
He says, I want the tongue of epigrams;
I have no salt: no bawdry he doth mean.
For witty, in his language, is obscene.
Playwright, I loathe to have thy manners known
In my chaste book: profess them in thine own.

All together now: suuuuuuuuuuure.

Also, there's this one:

LXVIII. On Playwright.
Playwright convict of public wrongs to men,
Takes private beatings, and begins again.
Two kinds of valour he doth show, at once;
Active in's brain, and passive in his bones.

There isn't a readily searchable text of Jonson online, so I couldn't tell you where else he uses it...

Good old Ben.


Also, yeah, right there with you on the suuuurrrreeeee.

Ben Jonson: more barf jokes per square meter than any other Renaissance English poet....
It feels like every couple pages of the Penguin Anthology of Renaissance Verse annotates a word as being from before the OED's first citation.


Re: Jonson in the OED

You are the cutest geek of all.

Just saying.