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Of Inquits

Of Inquits S e p te m b e r 2005 Influence. Writing as a Woman and a Jew in America (Albany, NY: State University o f New York Press, 1992) 52. 24 Bilik 81. M olière’s bourgeois gentilhom m e was surprised to learn th at h e had b e e n speaking prose all his life. Likewise, m any authors will be surprised to learn that they have b een writing inquits alm ost all th eir lives. T h e w ord inquit, which is etymologically related to English bequeath a n d quoth, is n o t fo u n d in th e latest edi­ tion o f die Oxford English Dictionary, so it m ust still be considered a Latin word. T h e Romans, who did n o t use quotation marks, wrote the word inquit (he said) to reveal the identity o f the speak­ e r being quoted. A tedious exam ple o f the in q u it he said is fo u n d in R obert M organ’s This Rock. W h e n I to ld M oody I was g o in g to take th http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

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Copyright © 2005 Regents of the University of Colorado
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0013-8282
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2573-3575
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10.1215/00138282-43.1.77
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S e p te m b e r 2005 Influence. Writing as a Woman and a Jew in America (Albany, NY: State University o f New York Press, 1992) 52. 24 Bilik 81. M olière’s bourgeois gentilhom m e was surprised to learn th at h e had b e e n speaking prose all his life. Likewise, m any authors will be surprised to learn that they have b een writing inquits alm ost all th eir lives. T h e w ord inquit, which is etymologically related to English bequeath a n d quoth, is n o t fo u n d in th e latest edi­ tion o f die Oxford English Dictionary, so it m ust still be considered a Latin word. T h e Romans, who did n o t use quotation marks, wrote the word inquit (he said) to reveal the identity o f the speak­ e r being quoted. A tedious exam ple o f the in q u it he said is fo u n d in R obert M organ’s This Rock. W h e n I to ld M oody I was g o in g to take th

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English Language NotesDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2005

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