Post by Jerry Friedman Post by Ross Clark Post by bruce bowser
What exactly makes a person high falutin' or trashy regarding socio economic status?
Can't help you there, son, but "high falutin'" shore do put me in mind
of "new-fangled". I would've put it in the same etymological basket
(American, early 19th century).
So what's this in this morning's reading: "Roberte Coplande boke
prynter to new fanglers", dating from the early 1500s?
?a1300 (▸c1250) Prov. Hendyng (Digby) xxxv, in Anglia (1881) 4 197
(MED) If þi loverd is neufangel, Ne be þou nout forþi outgangel Mid
▸ a1393 J. Gower Confessio Amantis (Fairf.) v. 4367 (MED) Every
newe love quemeth To him which newefongel is.
▸ c1395 G. Chaucer Squire's Tale 618 So newefangel [v.r. newe
faggil] been they of hir mete And louen nouelries of propre kynde.
This is "newfangle" (adj) 'fond of novelty or new things', the
earliest form. (The etymology of the -fangle is obscure.) But by about
1500 people are adding a -d to it, and this becomes the most popular
version. They are also extracting "fangle" to use as a noun meaning a
fashion or novelty (1548). Coplande's "(new)fangler(s)" seems an
obvious further step, but may have had no posterity, as OED shows no
citations of it.
The Wiktionary article seems to have it taped.
From Middle English fangelen (verb), from fangel (“inclined to take”,
adjective), from Old English *fangol, *fangel (“inclined to take”), from
fōn (“to take, seize”). Compare Old English andfangol (“undertaker,
contractor”), Old English underfangelnes (“undertaking, hospitality”),
Middle English fangen (“to take, seize, catch”), German fangen (“to
catch”). More at fang, onfang.
fangle (third-person singular simple present fangles, present participle
fangling, simple past and past participle fangled)
(obsolete or dialectal) To fashion, manufacture, invent, or create.
(obsolete or dialectal) To trim showily; entangle; hang about.
(obsolete or dialectal) To waste time; trifle.
Although obsolete in general English, the verb is still occasionally
used in some regions, and is retained in the expression newfangled.
Back formation from newfangled (adjective) as if new + fangle (noun).
fangle (plural fangles)
(obsolete) A prop; a taking up; a new thing.
Something newly fashioned; a novelty, a new fancy.
A foolish innovation; a gewgaw; a trifling ornament.
A conceit; whim.
Post by Jerry Friedman
There's also Wyatt's
And I have leve to goo of her goodenes,
And she also to vse new fangilnes.
That may have been one of those self-descriptive nouns.
(I don't think it would have been much later that he would have been
laughed out of Court for rhyming words on the syllable "ness".)
Sorry for hitching. Too lazy to search through suppressed back-postings.