Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Meaning: the OED says it's soaked with wine, the Inky Fool merely dampened; this may reflect their respective drinking habits.

Usefulness: 1 (Especially at writer's festivals, although a word for being whisky-soaked would be even more useful - aquavitamadefied? uisgebaughmadefied?)

Logofascination: 1 (A Sir Thomas original - the reason for the disagreement on degree of dampness seems to be that the Latin root madefacio can mean a number of things, including, allegedly, intoxication, so it is also possible Sir Thomas meant intoxicated by wine. Whether you prefer dampened, soaked or intoxicated, vinomadefied is one of those extra-useful words that suggests its meaning to most.)

In the wild: Another of Sir Thomas' sole citations in the OED, this also turned up in The Horologicon. Also if you go through enough of the google results for it, you find the moment where I first met Sir Thomas.

Degrees: 0

Connections: n/a

Which is used in: Ekskybalauron. Some of Sir Thomas' most quoted words occur in the Admirable Chrricton story, possibly because the risqué nature of a few scenes make it the most read and therefore the most cited. Here we find the prince besieging Crichton's lady-love, unaware that he is with her, inspiring her to hirquitalliency:
the Prince, unwilling to miss his mark, and not having in all the quivers of his reason one shaft wherewith to hit it, resolved to interpose some authority with his argumentations, and where the fox's skin could not serve, to make use of the lyon's; to the prosecuting of which intent, he with his vinomadefied retinue, resolved to press in upon the page, and maugre his will, to get up staires, and take their fortune in the quest of the chamber they aimed at;
In that context, I think Sir Thomas was using the intoxicated sense; he's finding a polite - and complicated - way to say they were drunk, not merely that they had been drinking, as this helps explains some of their subsequent actions.

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