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COMPOUND WORDS. Verb compounds

Verb-Compounds. Verbs were compounded with their objects more commonly than with us.

“Some carry-tale, some please-man, some slight zany,
Some mumble-news.

“All find-faults.

We still use "mar-plot" and "spoil-sport." Such compounds seem generally depreciatory. "Weather-fend" in

“In the lime grove which weather-fends your cell,

means "defend from the weather," and stands on a somewhat different footing.

One is disposed to treat "wilful-blame" as an anomalous compound in

“In faith, my lord, you are too wilful-blame.


“A false-heart traitor.

But "heart" is very probably a euphonious abbreviation of "hearted." The explanation of "too wilful-blame" is to be sought in the common expression "I am too blame," Othello, iii. 3. 211, 282; M. of V. v. 1. 166. "I am too too blame," is also found in Elizabethan authors. It would seem that, the "to" in "I am to blame" being misunderstood, "blame" came to be regarded as an adjective, and "to" (which is often interchanged in spelling with "too") as an adverb. Hence "blame," being regarded as an adjective, was considered compoundable with another adjective.

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