Lord Byron in the OED
Lord Byron, one of Britain’s greatest poets, is quoted quite a few times in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED); we delved in to discover more about Byron’s innovative use of language. While all the words listed below existed in some form before they appeared in his writings, in each case his work provides the earliest known instance of the words used with a different part of speech.
Although the noun cricket can be found in writings from the 16th century to denote ‘an outdoor game played on a large grass field’, the OED currently credits Lord Byron as being the first one to use the verb cricket, ‘to play cricket’, in 1809.
Misprint as a verb had been in use long before Byron entered the scene, but the OED cites one of the poet’s letters from 1813 as the first known evidence for the usage of the term as a noun with the sense ‘An error in the printing of something; a typographical error’.
The derogative mongering as the final element in compounds meaning ‘trade or traffic in the commodity’ was used by Lord Byron in an article English Bards & Scottish Reviewers in reference to Walter Scott: ‘The poet… revileth Walter Scott for… ballad-mongering.’
pencil mark, n.
A pencil mark is, unsurprisingly, ‘a mark or annotation made with a pencil’. The term was used by Byron in 1815. The verb pencil-mark, ‘to mark with a pencil’, however, predates the noun usage by about 30 years.
A magazine or journal that is published four times a year was referred to as a quarterly by Byron in a letter in 1818: ‘Upon thy table’s baize so green The last new Quarterly is seen, But where is thy new Magazine, My Murra?’