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‘It’s alive!’ we popularly exclaim of the vivification of Frankenstein’s monster. But once animated, the creature doesn’t have alife or isn’t aliving. Dr Frankenstein gave the creature life, we would say. He made it living. The -live, and its connection to life and to live, is clear, so what is that a- doing in alive? […]more
’Tis better to have lorn and lost than never to have lorn at all. Or so the poet says. Little, lowly lorn. We might say it’s forlorn, a ‘pitifully sad and abandoned’ word in which the vestige of a lost English verb survives. So, let’s give lorn some etymological love, and let’s begin with forlorn. […]more