Mudcat Café message #3176809 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #138735   Message #3176809
Posted By: Richard Bridge
26-Jun-11 - 04:00 PM
Thread Name: Do purists really exist?
Subject: RE: Do purists really exist?
OED

(1) one who aims at affects or insists upon scrupulous or excessive purity, esp in language or style: a stickler for purity or correctness.

(2) one who maintained that the new Testament was written in pure Greek.

An illustration from Hazlitt's lectures in 1820. Italians who scrupled to use any word or phrase not to be found in Cicero.


In many cases this cannot apply to a folk singer or folksong singer since we know that the ipsissima verba or "ORIGINAL TEXT" is not to be found.

It would seem to be the case that many including me who arrange the style of folk songs are also not purists.

I wonder indeed who is.