On Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:56:30 -0800 (PST), Harrison Hill
Post by Harrison Hill
“Surbiton used to be the butt of jokes, as a symbol of dowdy
suburbia. That was silly. To anyone with half an eye it was -
and still is - an interesting place, in which the original
plan and later accretions can be discerned, much as they can
in a medieval town like Boston or Carlisle. And Surbiton may
fairly claim its place in history: for it is the oldest suburb
in Europe, perhaps in the world, that was called into being
by a railway.”
As well as "called into being" - which I like, but don't ever
remember hearing before - "accretions": pluralised in the sense
"called into being" was called into being some centuries ago. It is
to call into being (also existence): to give life to; to cause to
exist; to create.
1668 J. Austin Devotions 126 When we, alas! lay buried in the
abyss of nothing; his own free goodnes first cal'd us into Being.
1734 J. Hunt Ess. Hist. & Revelations of Script. 18 A long train
of descendants springing from this first pair, by the manner of
their being called into existence, came under the strongest
obligations that can be conceived to maintain mutual affection.
1754 T. Sherlock Several Disc. preached at Temple Church I. ii. 76
To call Men from the Grave into Being.
1826 Liverpool Mercury 22 Dec. 194/1 I called the new world into
existence to redress the balance of the old.
1868 E. A. Freeman Hist. Norman Conquest II. x. 501 It was no
small work to call into being that mighty Abbey.
1873 F. M. Müller Sci. Relig. 29 By which a canon of sacred
books is called into existence.
1920 Mod. Med. Dec. 833/1 Children should..be told the truth in
a plain manner that will cause them to have a wholesome respect
for that which called them into being—the reproductive impulse.
1968 B. Mazlish Riddle of Hist. viii. 256 Man, in seeking to
realize his potentialities and purpose, calls into existence new
1994 W. Shaw Spying in Guru Land (1995) p. x He still lives
locally in the small cottage which became the headquarters of the
mysterious millenarian cult he called into being.
Peter Duncanson, UK