Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Meaning: loudly; as if through a speaking-trumpet, or stentorophonic horn.

Usefulness: 2 (It's a bit of a mouthful, but useful if you're after something elaborate. Stentorophonic horn is rather useful as a more interesting name for hearing aids.)

Logofascination: 1 (In 1671 Sir Samuel Morland - academic, diplomat, spy, inventor and mathematician* - claims to have invented what we would call a megaphone, but he called the stentorophonic horn. Stentoriphonically appears in G&P Le Tiers-Livre in 1693, but Sir Thomas had died in 1660; this may be one of Motteux's sneaking in. Sir Thomas might well have made an allusion to Stentor, mythical source for this and stentorian, but the suffix -phonic is not quite right.**)

In the wild: No.

Degrees: 2 (It's an odd one; it's in G&P, but I don't think it's Sir Thomas' word.  There is a reference to Stentor in Gargantua, though, so I'm using that as the link. )

Connections: stentoriphonically - Stentor.

Which is used in: G&P, Book the Third, XXI: How Panurge consulteth with an old French poet, named Raminagrobis. As we read yesterday, Panurge is consulting a dying poet, and offers him various gifts:
in imitation of Socrates, did he make an oblation unto him of a fair white cock, which was no sooner set upon the tester of his bed, than that, with a high raised head and crest, lustily shaking his feather-coat, he crowed stentoriphonically loud.
Socrates' last words were apparently concerned with a rooster he owed someone. This text is the only citation for this word in the OED.

*Tony Stark is just a 17th century philosopher born a few centuries late.
**I have no scientific basis for this judgement.

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